For three quarters on Friday night, Kentucky freshman point guard Jamal Murray was quiet for the Canadian National Team in a Pan American Games semifinal against the United States.
Then, the 18-year-old erupted.
Murray scored all of his 22 points in the fourth quarter and overtime to help Canada defeat the United States, 111-108, in front of a pro-Canada crowd at the Ryerson Athletic Center in Toronto.
Kentucky coach John Calipari, who landed the 6-foot-5 Murray in June after he reclassified to the Class of 2015 from 2016, was understandably pleased.
Couldn’t be more proud of @BeMore27. For someone his age to do what he did shows how good he is and why we wanted him in the worst way.
— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) July 25, 2015
Steve Nash was also highly impressed by Murray.