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Jamal Murray is learning to keep it simple

Photo by UK Athletics

Photo by UK Athletics

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We all love Jamal Murray, but he has his moments. Questionable shot selection and a need to showboat has cost UK a lot of baskets this season. However, in the past few games it seems as if he’s been more disciplined in taking a shot than he has been all season.

The reason behind this? Camp Cal was all about Murray settling for the easy play instead of the SportsCenter Top 10 play and the newest post on talks all about it:

“We just want to see Jamal shoot disciplined game shots that we practice,” said associate head coach Kenny Payne. “He has unlimited range. He can shoot the pull-ups, he can make layups. Coach is on him about finishing and playing like a big guard instead of flipping shots or floaters or trick shots.”

If the last few games are any indication, it appears that Murray is beginning to understand the instruction. Instead of dribbling behind his back and between his legs to juke out defenders, he’s using his speed to blow by them. He’s passing up the one-handed flip shot opportunities for the easy layups and a chance to be fouled. When the jump shot is open, he simply takes it.

All of these changes have led Murray to perform better on the court, even though he doesn’t look as flashy while doing so.”

Since Camp Cal, Murray is shooting 49% from field-goal range, where he was just shooting 38%. Not only has his shot selection gotten better, but instead of games with three, five or seven turnovers, the last two games he’s only has one or two. A sign that he’s taking all the decorative moves out and has just started to play basketball.

Whether you love or hate the more reserved Murray, there’s no doubt that he was one of the biggest factors in yesterday’s win.

Article written by Haley Simpson

I'm from Bullitt County but I'm not a 6'9 power forward with a solid outside shot. Follow me on Twitter: @haleysimpKSR

2 Comments for Jamal Murray is learning to keep it simple

  1. dstnshpp
    8:34 pm January 10, 2016 Permalink

    What Cal is teaching him will make him a much better guard going forward. The skill he has to make the difficult shot will be needed at a critical point this season. He needs to stay under control, but when he busts loose, that kid can ball!!

  2. jonthes
    9:35 pm January 10, 2016 Permalink

    When we got up 16 on Lullville, he suddenly decided to take over the game – whether a selfish decision to showcase himself or just recklessness, it almost cost us the game. He’s entirely capable of being a point or shooting guard, but with Tyler being the best basketball mind in the country, here he should just let Tyler set him up. A title run will be a lot more impressive.