Jamal Murray has officially signed with Kentucky and will join the Wildcats in the fall,.the school announced in a press release Thursday.
"Jamal is one of the best guards in the country," head coach John Calipari said. "He showed that in practice at the Nike Hoop Summit and in the game. I had so many people call me to tell me how unbelievable he was. You’re talking about a 6-5 playmaker that can score and can guard multiple positions. He can make an impact from anywhere on the floor. I can’t wait to start coaching him."
Murray, a 6-foot-5 guard from Canada, was rated a top-15 prospect by nearly every recruiting service and tabbed a consensus five-star recruit for the Class of 2015. He was originally part of the 2016 class, but reclassed this summer after Kentucky began recruiting him for 2015.
"Being able to stay a little bit closer to my parents (was important to me)," Murray said during his announcement on TSN. "After I looked at the history of Kentucky and the players they’ve had get to the next level, it made me want to go there even more and really set my mind to hard work and dedication to the game."
A product of Kitchener, Ontario, Murray is the third Canadian-born player to sign with Kentucky in the last two seasons, joining fellow 2015 signee Mychal Mulder and 2014-15 forward Trey Lyles.
Murray joins a 2015 class that includes Isaiah Briscoe, Skal Labissiere and Charles Matthews along with Mulder. The group includes three five-star recruits, one four-star recruit, a McDonald’s All-American, a junior-college All-American, three Nike Hoop Summit participants and three Jordan Brand Classic participants.