When Canadian super-teen Jamal Murray chose a scholarship offer from Kentucky over one from Oregon, many were surprised. In retrospect, perhaps they should have been more surprised that he plans on attending college at all.
According to estimable Canadian hoops publication Hoops Hype Canada, Roger Murray, Jamal’s father, is telling everyone that Jamal turned down a lucrative pro offer overseas to try his hand with John Calipari’s offense.
So, how much was Murray walking away from? According to Roger Murray, Jamal had a deal worth more than $1 million from an overseas basketball team which he decided to forgo in favor of a future at Kentucky. Hoops hype has yet to release which team he held the offer from, but suffice to say, this club wanted him badly.
Of course, they’ll see if Murray’s future can recoup the value he’s already established in the present. If he can perform as well as he has in Canada, he might just maximize his potential at the next level, which would more than offset any lost earnings that he’s bypassed now, before his reclassification.