It won't be long until we're seeing more Kentucky Wildcats seeing their NBA dreams realized.
The 2016 draft will see anywhere between 3-5 Cats get drafted as Tyler Ulis, Skal Labissiere, Alex Poythress, Marcus Lee and Jamal Murray look to live their dreams of playing in the NBA. Of that group, Murray figures to be the first Cat who hears his name called in the draft.
DraftExpress still has Murray landing in New Orleans at No. 6, and they now have a full scouting report of Murray:
If you'd rather just was one of Murray's best highlights, you're in luck thanks to the guys at Too Mainey's season highlights for the Wildcat guard:
As for where Murray will be drafted now that he's officially on the NBA early entrant list, Bleacher Report has him joining Karl-Anthony Towns with the Timberwolves by way of the fifth-overall pick.
Minnesota may actually be a good fit for Murray, who'd play to his strengths in a lineup with go-to scorers already in place. He doesn't create a lot of separation one-on-one, but he thrives at shooting off screens, in deep spot-ups and in transition.
At 6'4", 207 pounds, with a proven jumper and unlimited confidence, he should be capable of providing the Timberwolves lineup with an immediate punch of offense. He projects as a third option or microwave sixth man capable of putting up points in bunches.
CBS Sports' Gary Parrish has Murray going to Boston at No. 3, which is probably the highest he can go in this draft.
I might be the only person who has Murray this high. But I just can't envision a scenario where he's not a terrific scorer at the NBA level. The only issue with Boston taking him is that the Celtics are pretty guard-heavy. But none of their guards shot better than 36.1 percent from 3-point range this regular season. So perhaps a dynamic combo guard who can shoot -- Murray shot 40.8 percent from beyond the arc in one season at Kentucky -- wouldn't be the worst thing for a team that doesn't shoot well from the perimeter.
Over at Hoops Hype, Murray goes No. 5 to the Timberwolves in their most recent mock while drawing comparisons to former NBA guard Jeff Hornacek, a two-time NBA Three-Point Shootout champion (1998, 2000) and NBA All-Star (1992). I think it's safe to think Murray could win a shootout or two during his NBA career.
USA Today Sports also has Murray going No. 5 to Minnesota. This is starting to look like the likeliest destination for Murray, and it's not a bad one either. He'd get immediate playing time there, possibly even a starting role. While Towns would be the focal point of their offense, having Murray on the perimeter will help Towns not get double-teamed in the post.
Where you would you like to see Murray end up?