Canadian 5-Star combo guard Jamal Murray made official Wednesday his desire to reclassify to the class of 2015 and play for John Calipari and the Kentucky Wildcats in the upcoming season. Murray’s selection comes amid various reports that Oregon was the leading candidate for the talented guard’s services.
Despite landing talented recruits like Isaiah Briscoe (#1 PG), Skal Labissiere (#1 C), and Charles Matthews (#13 SG), John Calipari experienced an atypical recruiting period this past spring, whiffing on multiple 5-star prospects. But now with Murray in tow, Calipari and the Kentucky faithful are feeling like themselves once again.
Murray’s addition gives the Kentucky offense a wrinkle it hasn’t seen under Calipari: there are three high level point guards on the roster. All three have different styles–Murray is a very solid shooter who uses his tricky handle to get to the rim; Ulis is the consummate point guard who prefers dishing out assists; and Briscoe is a stocky and flashy ball handler who attacks defenders with multiple combos. What remains an intriguing question is how Kentucky will defend bigger teams with three guards on the floor at one time. What this move does allow is for Alex Poythress the opportunity to play his more natural position at power forward instead of trying to play on the wing.
Nevertheless, John Calipari has proven in the past to be a successful blender of talent and will have another crack at proving why he is one of the best coaches around. Stay tuned, college basketball…