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Jamal Murray picks Kentucky Wildcats over Oregon

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Jamal Murray has announced his commitment to the Kentucky Wildcats

The 6-foot-5 combo guard from Kitchener, Ontario picked Kentucky over Oregon in a live commitment that took place on Canadian TV network TSN.

Murray, rated the No. 2 shooting guard and No. 10 overall prospect in his class by 24/7 Sports, gained a lot of attention with big showings at all-star games this spring.

That included the Nike Hoop Summit, in which Murray scored 30 points and dished out five assists to lead the World Select team to a 103-101 victory over Team USA. He later registered 29 points, eight rebounds and 10 assists in the first BioSteel All-Canadian game, Canada’s  equivalent of the McDonald’s All-American Game.

Murray was originally a Class of 2016 prospect, but a strong push from John Calipari and Kentucky led to him reclassing to 2015. It didn't always look good though, and Oregon was the heavy favorite leading up to his announcement.

One major thing the Ducks offered Murray that Kentucky could not was several personal connections with Oregon players and coaches, including second-year forward Dillon Brooks.

"Me and Dillon, Dillon Brooks. We played AAU together and he's my boy," Murray told Andrew Nemec of Oregon Live in April.

Oregon has also built a nice pipeline into Canada in recent years, including commitments from Canadians Jason Calliste, Richard Amardiand, junior college national player of the year Chris Boucherand and Villanova graduate transfer Dylan Ennis this spring. It looked as though all of this had the Ducks poised to nab Murray from the Cats.

But finally, Kentucky was able to close the deal on a prospect this spring/summer to wrap up another No. 1 recruiting class under Calipari.