Jonathan Givony and Mike Schmidt over at DraftExpress.com have a lengthy scouting report on Jamal Murray, Kentucky’s top NBA draft prospect.
Givony breaks Murray down with a written analysis of his game, while Schmidt offers a five-minute video analysis to complement the report.
You can see Schmidt’s video below:
It’s no surprise the two NBA scouts love Murray’s shooting and scoring instincts. Givony notes Murray was the best player in college basketball coming off screens:
Murray’s skill-level and aggressiveness is what separates him from your average guard (particularly for a teenager), and that starts with his capacity as one of the most prolific shooter/scorers in the college ranks. His jumper is a finely tuned weapon that has been honed through thousands of hours of repetition in the gym, and he hit 41% of his 3-pointers on a huge volume of attempts (nearly eight per game). His stroke is compact and repeatable, getting good elevation to create separation from the defense, to go along with an unlimited confidence in his ability to make shots from anywhere on the floor.
Murray was magnificent as a spot-up shooter for Kentucky, but was particularly impressive coming off screens, as no player in college basketball even came close to delivering the accuracy he did (42/75, 56%) running off picks this season. He does an incredible job of moving off the ball with exquisite timing, and then catching, setting his feet and getting his shot off in one quick and smooth motion, with tremendous balance and body control. He is capable of contorting his body and throwing the ball in the basket from the most awkward of angles, with phenomenal touch and feel.
For more on Murray, including his weaknesses and concerns, read his DraftExpress scouting report here.
He is projected as high as third overall, behind Ben Simmons and Brandon Ingram, in this summer’s draft.