The story of the summer in college basketball has to be Jamal Murray. We knew the mysterious Murray was good after he dropped 30 in the Nike Hoop Summit, but I don’t think anybody thought he was this good. Murray’s performances in the Pan Am Games were good enough to put him in contention for the Canadian National Team that will compete in the FIBA Americas Championship from August 31-September 12.
The only problem? At some point, he has to get to Kentucky. John Calipari told The Sporting News’ Mike DeCourcy that he’s given Canadian Basketball officials a “drop-dead” date in which Murray has to be on UK’s campus if he wants to be eligible this season.
“We’ll see if there’s any way he can do both, because that’s what I want,” Calipari said. “The kid absolutely wants to play for the national team, and we want that. But the NCAA has really clear guidelines on this.
Murray’s father told Kyle Tucker the family is still trying to figure out what to do, whether it be skip the tournament completely, or play in part of it then arrive at Kentucky by the date given by the NCAA. Either way, he reassured fans Murray will get to campus.
“He’s going to Kentucky,” Roger Murray said. “That’s not the issue. The issue is just if we want to miss two weeks of school. We’re just trying to see how much time he’s going to miss, and if it’s too much, if he should just go to school and not worry about it. From what I’ve gathered, he has to (physically) be in class. So we’re just trying to see how much school he could miss and still play in the tournament.”
What a problem to have, right?