Jamal Murray Ties Kentucky Freshman Record, Explodes for 35 Points


Jamal Murray tied Kentucky’s freshman record with 35 points last night in a win over Florida and had 6 rebounds to go with the onslaught.

Courtesy: @KentuckyMBB

Courtesy: @KentuckyMBB

Immediately following the game the Twitter world blew up with regards to his draft stock. Some still seeing him as a two guard for the NBA, but he is actually a PG. His ability to score with such versatility is what confuses most.

Eight triples gave Murray a career high from the three point line in this 80-61 win over the Gators.

Look at the NBA today, how many PG’s are also go-to scorers? Golden State’s Stephen Curry, OKC’s Russell Westbrook, Boston’s Isaiah Thomas, Washington’s John Wall and the list goes on.

We are in a new era of point guard play, role definition has evolved.

Video Courtesy: Kentucky Wildcats TV

With Tyler Ulis having most of the distribution in his control for UK, Murray happens to be the beneficiary and provides scoring while having these kind of nights due to his precision shooting and ability to read the defense.

Yet when he has played full time point in his career, Murray has shown that he is well capable of making reads, setting up for teammates and spoon feeding when the defense realizes how quickly they must closely he should be guarded.

As the season continues in the NCAA, and Kentucky makes it’s customary run to the NCAA finals we will see more of Murray’s play making and clutchness, undoubtedly making NBA personnel second guess their draft pick.


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