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Jamal Murray’s Wednesday Morning Wakeup

Given the hysteria surrounding his recruitment, it’s hard to believe that Jamal Murray has only been on our radar for a little over two months. Murray was first mentioned on KSR on April 11, 2015 in Andrew Cassady’s recap of the Nike Hoop Summit:

Jamal Murray: Learn the name Jamal Murray right now. The 2016 point guard was fantastic as he led the world team with 30 points, 5 assists, and 3 rebounds. A few weeks ago Slice was in Canada to watch the guard play and you can expect Kentucky to turn up the heat after Jamal’s head-turning game. There is a chance Murray could reclassify to this class so keep an eye out for a late addition to the class.

Since then, Murray’s been mentioned in almost 100 KSR posts, an impressive feat in such a small time frame. It’s not hard to see why. After five number one classes in six years, Kentucky fans have gotten used to Calipari pulling in top recruit after top recruit. Until this spring. A perfect storm formed after the Cats fell in the Final Four: seven players declared for the draft and one after one, top recruits chose schools other than Kentucky, catapulting Murray from a back-up option to the missing piece in next year’s puzzle. Even after his big performance in the Nike Hoop Summit, Murray and his family have managed to keep his recruitment very private, making the whole thing even more maddening.

It all comes to an end tonight. At 6 p.m. ET, Murray will announce whether he’s headed to Oregon or Kentucky on Canadian sports channel TSN. I have no inside info and I’m done stressing over this, so I’m going into the day hopeful but with low expectations. If he comes to Kentucky, awesome. Drop the confetti and let’s party. If he doesn’t, we’ve still got a damn good team and I’m excited to see them play.

Just 10 more hours. We got this. There’s plenty to do until then, so let’s preview the day ahead…

It’s NBA Draft Media Day!

You’ve gotta hand it to Murray. It takes a lot to overshadow the NBA Draft, especially with seven UK players up for grabs, but somehow, he’s managed to do it. NBA Draft Media Day is today, so get ready for an onslaught of news starting around noon. Given the already saturated coverage of Kentucky’s prospects, I doubt we’ll hear a lot of new material, but Willie Cauley-Stein and Karl Towns are always good for a few interesting quotes, and in Willie’s case, a wacky outfit.

Matt was supposed to be in New York for the Draft, but had to cancel at the last minute, so we’ll be relying on coverage from NBATV, ESPN, and the hundreds of Periscope feeds that will clog up Twitter. Maybe at the end of the day, we’ll hand out an award for steadiest hand?

More DeMarcus Cousins trade rumors

Kings coach George Karl has seemed to make it his mission to get DeMarcus Cousins out of Sacramento, but team owner Vivek Ranadive isn’t budging. Another rumor popped up yesterday saying that the Kings interested in Rajon Rondo, which certainly won’t help calm the waters in Sacramento and is further proof that the franchise is a total hot mess right now. Boogie and Karl clearly don’t get along and at this point, it’s probably best if they just part ways, but it doesn’t look like Ranadive will let that happen. #FreeBoogie

“Grace and Frankie” is a Netflix binge both you and your mom can enjoy

Looking for something to binge watch on Netflix this weekend? Before starting in on the new season of “Orange is the New Black,” I really enjoyed “Grace and Frankie.” Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Sam Waterston, and Martin Sheen turn in hilarious and touching performances, and I’m still laughing at the episode in which Frankie gets on Twitter. Rare is the show I can discuss with my friends at the bar and my mother, more proof that Netflix is knocking it out of the park with their original programming so far. Bring on season two!

Also, Fonda has some of the most impressive plastic surgery I’ve ever seen.

This video has me feeling patriotic

July 4th is right around the corner, so this video of a mailman in Versailles taking time to unfurl an American flag seems appropriate:

Captured by my security camera last week. Pretty cool. Mailman is a veteran! Would make great story for 4th honoring our country.

Posted by Piper Williams White on Sunday, June 21, 2015

We salute you, sir.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

14 Comments for Jamal Murray’s Wednesday Morning Wakeup

    8:08 am June 24, 2015 Permalink

    Agree, Mrs. TT, we already have the makings of a damn good team. I won’t sweat the Murray decision. Personally, I would prefer another big underneath but my preferences matter, not at all in the scheme of things. Let the chips fall.

    Best of luck to all our guys entering the draft.

  2. asdf
    8:16 am June 24, 2015 Permalink

    The reason Murray would fit so well onto next year’s team is that it would give us two elite guys on the wings who are a threat at any time to score, with an elite pg to set them up and an elite center underneath to keep defenses honest. The team would be built sort of like a dribble-drive version of this years’ Duke team, and that turned out good for them.

    Even without Murray, that analysis might still be true, but there would be a talent drop-off on one of the wings in a three-guard lineup, whoever else we put in that third spot. So Murray could be the difference between being a borderline contender who could surprise people in the Final Four and being a genuine favorite.

  3. Kevin Wellie
    8:19 am June 24, 2015 Permalink

    Straighthoops called Murray to Oregon 2 weeks ago. Other than Jaylen Brown, who everybody missed on, they’ve been spot on. They’re strong on Murray to OU so that does not bode well today for UK.

    • Dude
      11:27 am June 24, 2015 Permalink

      Thats great. 7-1.

  4. Joe
    8:46 am June 24, 2015 Permalink

    Murray committed to Oregon last week. He’s not fooling anyone. I’m more interested in the larger, overall recruiting failures that Calipari experienced. I suspect Tony Barbee is to blame. He comes across as a smartass when interviewed.

    • Ukbradstith
      9:19 am June 24, 2015 Permalink

      Tony Barbee didn’t recruit any of these guys, he wasn’t even allowed to talk to them.

  5. Carlton Banks
    8:53 am June 24, 2015 Permalink

    You may want to direct your browser to Cricfree DOT sx around 6p tonight. Or don’t, what do I care?

  6. Joe
    9:14 am June 24, 2015 Permalink

    Does anyone else think Tony Barbee’s outward demeanor is not great? He comes across as a smartass with an attitude. I’m wondering what impression he makes with recruits’ families. I assume he recruited for Calipari at Memphis. Something is not right lately for sure. Calipari doesn’t miss on 8 elite recruits in a row.

    • Mojo
      9:25 am June 24, 2015 Permalink

      That’s already been explained. Negative recruiting about the “platoon” thing. Cal may say he won’t do it anymore, but until we get into next season and kids actually see that the platoons are gone, the damage won’t be undone.

    • J-Dub421
      10:11 am June 24, 2015 Permalink

      Once again, Barbee was not allowed to recruit as a “special assistant,” so stop trying to blame him.

    • Andrew
      3:57 pm June 24, 2015 Permalink

      I’m pretty sure you’re the only one who thinks that way… I loved his recent interviews on KSR. And, like everyone is saying, Barbee wasn’t allowed any contact with these recruits while he was in the Special Assistant role. Check your facts before you bash one of our coaches.

  7. Tim Gray
    9:17 am June 24, 2015 Permalink

    My mom would beat me if I discussed this show with her. And my Dad would have disowned me for watching anything with Jane Fonda in it.

  8. old_blue
    11:11 am June 24, 2015 Permalink

    I’m sure John Short will call this postal worker a Great American. I will too.

  9. Poonfan
    1:50 pm June 24, 2015 Permalink

    Mailman is Thad Baker, a friend of mine. This is typical of his character. Great guy.