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Could Jamal Murray be the Most Important Commitment Ever for Coach Cal?


Let’s all think back to the morning of June 24, 2015. For most of us it was a regular Wednesday until it was time for Jamal Murray to make his college decision between Oregon and Kentucky. The day then became arguably the most important date for John Calipari and the recruiting trail.

Until Murray committed to the Cats, the two most important recruits in the school history were Jamal Mashburn and John Wall. Both were for the same reason. They made Kentucky, well, Kentucky again. Mashburn showed the world that it was okay to come to Lexington amidst the probation and that whole period, while building the ‘Roman Empire’ Rick Pitino so often talked about.

Flash forward a couple decades and it was John Wall’s turn to do the same. The Wildcats were in a rut. Billy Gillispie, well, let’s just say he showed up. The hire of Coach Cal brought a ton of excitement to the area, but also plenty of questions. Mostly, what recruits will follow him from Memphis to Kentucky? On May 20, 2009 Wall did just that. He became one of the best talents to ever put on the blue and white jersey and showed everyone in Big Blue Nation what to expect during the Calipari era.

So, what about Murray? Now, if you remember everyone was saying Cal lost his touch on the recruiting trail. That kids didn’t want to come play in the platoon system. That people were worried did the one year combining nearly two great recruiting classes to form the superteam that was 2014-15. People were wondering would Kentucky face another season like 2012-13, where the mass exodus led to an NIT year. Kids were choosing Kansas, Duke and even schools like UNLV, California and Purdue over Kentucky.

But, Murray solidified not only the roster but the fact Calipari still had it. He could go get anyone and really anywhere and convince them to come play for Kentucky. Now, obviously Murray still hasn’t played a game for the Wildcats yet, but if he plays the way we saw him in the PanAm Games, he’ll be one of the greats. For what it’s worth, he has this guys vote for most important commitment.


Article written by Bobby Reagan

One time representative of UK at SEC 3v3 basketball championships. Northern Yankee living the Kentucky dream. Follow me @uklefty22

16 Comments for Could Jamal Murray be the Most Important Commitment Ever for Coach Cal?

  1. BigAbes4UK
    6:12 pm August 6, 2015 Permalink

    I’m thinking this guy will certainly make a run at that. Has the chance to be one of the great one’s

  2. NDo10
    6:34 pm August 6, 2015 Permalink

    Don’t get me wrong I hope this kid comes in and kills it but can we pump the breaks a little maybe? I mean something similar to this article has been posted numerous times in the past weeks. He does look like a very good player and seems to have a nice feel for the game but guys like Mash, Wall and Davis were transcendent talents and NBA level athletes the day they walked on campus. just don’t see the need to set the bar to an unattainable height before he plays a game or even moves into the Lodge.

  3. Rabblerabblerabble
    6:34 pm August 6, 2015 Permalink

    This guy obviously passed Hyperbole 101!

  4. Blue owns you
    6:47 pm August 6, 2015 Permalink

    Doesn’t make any difference. This team has less pros and less talent than the last two teams. So, this team isn’t going to win it all.

    • john wall
      7:17 pm August 6, 2015 Permalink

      who farted in your cereal this morning? With exceptional guard play, and defense alex, skal, and marcus we will be right back in contention for a title. wouldn’t trade our team for another

    • Troll Slayer
      3:47 am August 7, 2015 Permalink

      Meanwhile, has Louisville cracked the Top 25 polls? 😉

  5. Will
    6:59 pm August 6, 2015 Permalink

    The question is the most important. And my answer would be John Wall setting the tone.

  6. Didn’t Boogie commit before Wall though? If we don’t get him I’m thinking we don’t get Wall because they were tight.

  7. UK Freshmen
    7:18 pm August 6, 2015 Permalink

    I’m thinking he will be one of the most over rated all-time.

    • Parvenu
      7:47 pm August 6, 2015 Permalink

      You’re thinking? Gosh, that’s a first.

    • Ha!
      1:38 pm August 7, 2015 Permalink

      I’m thinking he’ll finish his college career undefeated against Louisville…. No shocker there, really.

  8. Fat [email protected]
    9:17 pm August 6, 2015 Permalink

    Cal has more chins than a Chinese phone book.

  9. Honest Cat Fan
    11:14 pm August 6, 2015 Permalink

    I don’t know if he’ll be successful in the NBA at the level that Wall and Mashburn have achieved, but he will make an outstanding wing on next year’s team. Murray can shoot and he can drive. He seemed to be a bit turnover prone when he ran the point in the Pan Am games, but I really like his competitiveness and ability to score the ball. With Ulis at point, Murray should easily lead the team in scoring. I really hope we pressure and run with this upcoming team. I think that is the only way we will maximize our depth at the guard positions.

  10. Uh....
    11:21 pm August 6, 2015 Permalink


    That would be Wall.

    Are you going to name a new “most important in the Cal era” every year?

  11. Biff Tannen
    12:44 am August 7, 2015 Permalink

    Could (this particular thing of the moment) be the most (this particular adjective) in the history of…THE WORLD? Read here as KSR indulges in the complete inanity of sports writing. Again.

  12. Tampa satchel
    6:41 am August 7, 2015 Permalink

    We wonder why kids don’t stay more than a year. Their heads are pumped so full of hot air and speculation. Cal has sent the greatest collection ever of NBA talent to the league and this Cal’s top recruit and the author wonders if he’s the best ever? That’s absurd.