Five-star guard Jamal Murray chooses Kentucky

Five-star guard Jamal Murray chooses Kentucky

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Five-star guard Jamal Murray chooses Kentucky

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Jamal Murray (Photo: Associated Press)

Jamal Murray (Photo: Associated Press)

Jamal Murray, a five-start shooting guard from Ontario’s Orangeville Prep, is heading to Kentucky, he announced Tuesday night on TSN in Canada.

Murray had already decided to reclassify from the Class of 2016 — where he was ranked by 247 Sports ranks him the ninth-best prospect and Rivals ranks him at No. 15.

Despite losing out on some top players in the spring, Kentucky had  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.

Adding Murray pushes them to the top of the list, and no lower than No. 2. In Murray, Briscoe and Labissiere, Kentucky has three top 15 players.

Murray’s decision is a bit of a surprise. He was down to Kentucky and Oregon, which has recently had success with Canadian players.

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At one point before the announcement, Murray was draped in a large Canadian flag. In making the announcement, he removed his jacket to show a Kentucky blue shirt and then added the hat.

Murray has seen his stock soar since scoring 30 points against the U.S. team at the Nike Hoops Summit in Portland and following that performance with 29 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds to earn MVP of the BioSteel All-Canadian Basketball Game.

His teammate at Orangeville Prep, center Thon Maker, announced last week that he is going to play another season of high school basketball after mulling reclassifying and then considering graduating high school in mid-year.

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