Over the weekend, Jamal Murray was named to the final Team Canada roster that will play in the Pan Am Games starting this week. Murray is one of only three college players to make the roster alongside Kyle Wiltjer and Dillon Brooks, and the only one who hasn’t played in a college game yet.
As UK fans, we still don’t know a lot about Murray, but information is slowly trickling down from the great North. A few weeks back, Canadian sports show “Tim and Sid” sat down with Murray to talk about the last few months, and of course, what it’s like to be recruited by John Calipari.
“He does most of the talking to my dad, but I’ve seen what he’s about,” Murray said of Cal. “I’ve watched his coaching style and how he changes his style up from completely different teams and stuff he’s never tried before and makes it work, so I trust in what he’s going to do with this team this year and I trust what he’s saying to me and my family about how I’m going to be played and my role.”
Cal’s history of putting players in the pros probably didn’t hurt Kentucky’s chances, and Murray admitted it played a factor in his recruitment.
“For sure, for his resume, to his credit, to do something as great as that, this year and years past before, all the great players in the NBA now, I just want to be another one of them. I feel like this is the right spot to go to for me to make the next step.”
We’ll get to see more of Murray tomorrow when Canada takes on our old pals from the Dominican Republic at 6 p.m. ET. You can watch the game on ESPN3.