Tyler Ulis and Jamal Murray are, on their own, incredible point guards that any team would be lucky to have. Together, they’ve become arguably the best backcourt in the nation. Over the past month, the duo has been deadly, thanks in large part to Murray making better decisions with the ball. This afternoon, John Calipari was asked how Jamal Murray was adjusting to playing off the ball and taking a backseat to Tyler Ulis.
“It’s not really a backseat, kid’s probably one of the leading scorers in the country. That’s a heck of a backseat, can I jump in there with you?” Calipari quipped.
Murray’s progress and chemistry with Tyler Ulis this season reminded Calipari of another backcourt duo.
“He’s probably playing a lot like Eric Bledsoe played when he played with John Wall. I can remember Eric getting 32 against Wake Forest in the NCAA Tournament, just going crazy. I remember 27, 28 on the road down at Florida. They play off each other. One game, one does it, one game the other does it. He’s still playing pick and rolls, he’s playing as a scoring guard, which is helping him.”
“The whole thing is not the position, it’s your decision making, and that’s what’s improving for him, what’s making him a better player and us a better team,” Cal said. “His shot selection has gotten better week by week by week. He’s getting to the rim instead of settling for all jump shots and step backs and fades and when he has shots, he takes them. His decision making as a basketball player has gotten better and better and better.”