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Kentucky Basketball profile on Jamal Murray; Love for game helped drive him here

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"This is a different level of passion that you have to have if you’re going to come here," Jamal Murray said of Kentucky.

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It won't be long until the Kentucky Wildcats basketball team holds it's first practice of the year in Big Blue Madness on October 17.

Until then, CoachCal.com is profiling Kentucky’s newcomers in its "Meet the Wildcats" series. Next up is freshman guard Jamal Murray, who talked about his love for basketball and his family.

"It’s a sport I love," Murray said. "I’m not doing it for anything else. I’m doing it for me and my family and how much I love the sport. My individual passion for it is something that I never want to get out of. If I’m not playing I’m coaching. If I’m not coaching I’m helping. I’m doing something with basketball. That’s what I want a profession in."

Murray's love for the sport will be shared by the Big Blue Nations and the greatest basketball fanbase there is. His love for the game is what helped drive him to come to Kentucky where the expectations and demand for success will be as high as any program.

"This is a different level of passion that you have to have if you’re going to come here," Murray said. "You have to be determined each and every day, even if you don’t want to play. Coach Kenny (Payne) calls you and says go work out. We’re on call here it feels like. It’s like one of those jobs where you go into work and you leave, but then they call you and say you have to do overtime. It’s one of those ones, but that’s what I like about it."

Read the full CoachCal.com profile of him here.