After joining Jay Bilas last week, Paul Biancardi made another appearance on Kentucky Sports Radio this morning to fill us in on all the latest with Jamal Murray. Biancardi told guest host Seth Greenberg that right now, it’s a “two-and-a-half horse race” for the Canadian shooting guard.
“He visited Kentucky, he just visited Oregon, he’s thinking about visiting Michigan and a couple of others. Will he do that? He’s not sure. Right now, it’s a two-and-a-half horse race, Michigan being the half. If they get the visit, you have to consider them a full-fledged threat. Handicapping it, how do you not pick Kentucky out of those three right now? But John Beilein has had a lot of success and Dana Altman’s doing a lot of great things up at Oregon, and they’ve got a Canadian up there already in Dylan Brooks.”
Biancardi added he’s hearing Murray is finishing his academic requirements to be eligible for 2015. “Talking to people in his circle, that should happen, but you never know.”
What happens if Kentucky gets Murray? Watch out, both Greenberg and Biancardi said.
“I think that would be a brutal backcourt to keep out of the lane,” Greenberg said of the potential combo of Tyler Ulis, Isaiah Briscoe and Jamal Murray. “Especially going back to some dribble drive action and opening up the floor.”
Biancardi agreed. “He’s a strong physical guard, he gets in the lane. With Briscoe and Ulis, if he decides on Kentucky, that will be a hard backcourt to keep out of the lane and Cal should think about going back to some dribble drive stuff. Certainly could run even more because Ulis is maybe the best facilitator coming back in college basketball.”
And now, we continue to wait.