LEXINGTON, Ky. – So maybe John Calipari does still have some magic up his sleeve to finish the 2015 recruiting class.
Both NorthPoleHoops.com and SNY.tv reported Monday night that five-star Canadian prospect Jamal Murray, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Ontario’s Orangeville Prep, was on an official to the University of Kentucky.
Murray is currently a member of the Class of 2016 – where 247 Sports ranks him the ninth-best prospect and Rivals has him 15th – but he has been mulling reclassification to 2015. If he does and picks the Wildcats, all the big spring misses for Calipari will be forgotten.
In the last two months, a slew of five-star recruits chose other programs over UK: Stephen Zimmerman (UNLV), Malik Newman (Mississippi State), Brandon Ingram (Duke), Cheick Diallo (Kansas) and Jaylen Brown (California). Then on Tuesday, Caleb Swanigan joined the list, picking Purdue. Even with those decisions, the Cats have a consensus top-five incoming class nationally thanks to their fall signings, which include No. 1 overall prospect Skal Labissiere and McDonald’s All-American guard Isaiah Briscoe.
But if he reclassifies to 2015, adding Murray would make it one of the top two classes in the country and give Kentucky six five-star players on next season’s roster. It would also address a perceived need for some outside shooting after Aaron Harrison and Devin Booker both bolted for the NBA Draft.
Murray, who is also strongly considering Oregon, has seen his stock soar since scoring 30 points against the U.S. team at the Nike Hoops Summit and following that performance with 29 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds to earn MVP of the BioSteel All-Canadian Basketball Game.
DraftExpress.com projects Murray to go 21st in the 2016 NBA Draft.