Tag: Jamal Murray

Jamal Murray: “I always believe I am the best player”

Jamal Murray admits he sometimes takes shots he believes he can make that UK coaches don't consider good shots. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Jamal Murray. (Vicky Graff Photo)

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Here is what Kentucky’s Jamal Murray had to say after being picked seventh by Denver at the NBA Draft here Thursday night.

THE MODERATOR: Jamal, start with an opening statement about what you’ll bring to Denver.

JAMAL MURRAY: A great attitude, and I’m very excited. So much to give to this game, just blessed to be in the NBA and helping this team in any way I can, and I know this team really wants me, so I’ll be delivering the most to them.

Will defensive worries drop Murray in draft?

Jamal Murray. (Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics)

Jamal Murray. (Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics)

By LARRY VAUGHT

If ESPN draft analyst Chad Ford is right, Kentucky’s Jamal Murray could go anywhere from  No. 3 to No. 8 in Thursday’s NBA draft.

“He’s in the mix literally with every single one of those teams with maybe the exception of the Suns. The Celtics are looking at him at three, Wolves are looking at him at 5, Pelicans like him at 6, and Denver even likes him at 7 as a nice backcourt made to Emmanuel Mudiay, and it’s a little bit fluid there because he’s battling guys that are in the same tier,” said Ford.

Guest post: Could Minnesota pair Murray with Karl Anthony-Towns?

Jamal Murray (Vicky Graff Photo)

Jamal Murray (Vicky Graff Photo)

Vaught’s note: Jessica Jones doesn’t pretend to be a basketball expert, but she is a die-hard Kentucky fan who certainly knows her basketball. She’s a vaughtsviews.com contributor and done her homework to provide her insights on the upcoming NBA Draft. This is part four of a four-part series on UK players hoping to be drafted June 23.

By JESSICA JONES

Guest post: Will 76ers take “safe” Jamal Murray at No. 1, or could trade bring Simmons and Murray both to 76ers

John Calipari thinks Jamal Murray should be the NBA's No. 1 pick. (Vicky Graff Photo)

John Calipari thinks Jamal Murray should be the NBA’s No. 1 pick. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By BENJAMIN SCHODOWSKI

With the NBA draft just two weeks away, Coach John Calipari is performing his annual practice of building up his draft-declared players, most notably Jamal Murray this week. Cal went on ESPNU’s College Basketball podcast and stated that Murray is the “safe No. 1 pick.”

Guest post: Who are Calipari’s top five UK guys in NBA? Where will current Cats go in draft?

Anthony Davis (Vicky Graff Photo)

Anthony Davis (Vicky Graff Photo)

Vaught’s note:: Benjamin Schodowski is a Centre College graduate who spent some time with me during his college career from 2005-2009 in Danville. He’s a big-time UK fan and aspiring businessman who also loves to travel. Today he shares his thoughts on who are the best players John Calipari has playing in the NBA and the upcoming NBA draft in what I hope will be the start of regular posts by him.

By BENJAMIN SCHODOWSKI

ESPN analyst Fran Fraschilla likes Murray’s NBA ceiling

Jamal Murray (Vicky Graff Photo)

Jamal Murray (Vicky Graff Photo)

Q. Celtics have a potential obviously to land one of the top two picks, which I guess the first two picks are pretty obvious. But if they land three, that kind of puts them in a predicament of, do you take a guy like Bender, or maybe Buddy Hield, who is maybe most NBA-ready. That third player outside of the top two, what kind of prospects — who is on that list, do you think, which might be the third guy that we like and what do you think of Buddy Hield and his NBA potential?


Ulis, Murray, Poythress, Labissiere will be part of John Calipari UK Pro Camp Aug. 1-2

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Former Wildcats and current professionals Skal Labissiere, Jamal Murray, Alex Poythress and Tyler Ulis will be the featured pros at the 2016 John Calipari UK Pro Camp, which will be held Aug. 1-2 at the Memorial Coliseum/Joe Craft Center complex on the University of Kentucky campus. Various other UK pros could be added in the future.

This summer’s John Calipari UK Pro Camp will be split into two separate sessions, all of which will be held at the Memorial Coliseum/Joe Craft Center complex. The sessions will be split into morning and afternoon groups with varying pros from Kentucky’s 2016 NBA Draft class in attendance.

Four Cats set for Draft Combine

Jamal Murray (Vicky Graff Photo)

Jamal Murray (Vicky Graff Photo)

CHICAGO – Leading up to what looks to be another Wildcat-heavy NBA Draft, four Kentucky men’s basketball players – Skal Labissiere, Marcus Lee, Jamal Murray and Tyler Ulis – are set to participate in the annual NBA Draft Combine in Chicago next week. All four players were on the official 63-man attendee list that the NBA released Thursday.

Childhood dream did come true for Jamal Murray

Vicky Graff Photo

Vicky Graff Photo

By LARRY VAUGHT

Roger Murray can still remember a dream his son, Jamal, once had.

“One morning he got up and he said, ‘I had a dream,’ and he said, ‘They were calling Jamal Murray, playing for Canada.’ And it was a happy moment for him having that dream,” said Roger Murray after his son announced he was leaving UK for the NBA last week.

That dream came true at last year’s Jordan Brand Classic.

Jamal Murray’s father praises Calipari, says Kentucky “second home” for his son

Wade Upchurch Photo

Wade Upchurch Photo

By LARRY VAUGHT

When Kentucky players leave for the NBA, often coach John Calipari is criticized nationally for his “one-and-done” methods. Never mind that Calipari did not make the rule or that other players at other schools do the same thing.

But seldom if ever do those on a national level who criticize Calipari stop to listen to what those leaving say about the UK coach. Or what the parents of players say.