After a bit of confusion, we now know with 100 percent certainty that John Calipari used Jamal Murray to help recruit one of the best prep basketball players in Canada.
Scheduled to see Simi Shittu — a 6’8″ ‘position-less’ forward who’s considered the No. 8 player in the 2018 class — at a clinic in Ontario last Saturday, the morning began with an unusual treat. Jamal Murray Tweeted the picture above. Naturally, this blogger inferred in this post that Murray, Calipari’s most-successful Canadian product, was helping his coach recruit one of the best players in Canada.
In the words of Lee Corso, “not so fast my friend.”
A fan of KSR pointed me toward Murray’s Instagram. His story revealed that he spent the night in Vegas. The series of Vegas pictures was followed by a snapshot of the private jet digs with Cal, then a few photos tagged in Lexington. I had been duped, revealed as an idiot for making a foolish assumption. I should’ve known what assuming does…….until things changed tonight .
My initial assumption was correct: Murray flew with Calipari to Ontario on the final weekend of the live recruiting period to help persuade Simi Shittu to follow in his footsteps at Kentucky. The evidence:
Calipari and Murray share a laugh courtside at the beginning of this highlight reel from the Clas6ic.
It makes me happy that I was not wrong, but it makes me even happier to see a former player cracking jokes with his coach courtside.