Jamal Murray has understood that he has a big decision ahead of him: Reclassify to the Class of 2015 and begin college this summer or stay in high school for another year.
Murray’s decision might have gotten more difficult, given his recent play has sparked a surge in recruiting interest.
The 6-4 point guard from Athlete Institute in Orangeville, Ontario, had 30 points, five assists and only three turnovers in the World Select Team’s 103-101 victory against Team USA in the April 11 Nike Hoop Summit.
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Last weekend, he got a visit in Canada from Kentucky coach John Calipari.
“I’ve been told he would end up in 2015 for a long time. It just didn’t become newsworthy until Kentucky started recruiting him,” 247Sports national recruiting analyst Jerry Meyer said Wednesday after tweeting that he plans to re-rank him as a ’15 prospect. “I think he’s a phenomenal talent and I’m getting ready to rank him at least top 10 in the country, I don’t care what class.”
Murray’s high school coach told the Louisville Courier-Journal last week that he did not expect Murray to reclassify, but at the Hoop Summit, Murray said it was “still an option.”
“I haven’t put a lot of thought into it,” he said. “I’ve been very busy. I’m just trying to find a time to sit down with my dad and my coaches and really discuss it.”
Murray is ranked as the nation’s 15th-best rising junior by Rivals.com and the 38th-best overall prospect in 2016 by 247Sports.
“I’ve been asleep at the wheel on Jamal Murray and I’ve woken up,” Meyer said. “This guy is one of the best guards out there.”