With all eyes on Tyus Battle as the Syracuse University basketball coaching staff moves on from Thomas Bryant and the 2015 recruiting class and on to 2016, news has leaked out that Canadian sensation Jamal Murray is almost certainly remaining in the 2016 class despite rumors of him reclassifying. And with that news comes the speculation that Syracuse may well still be in the mix for his services.
Murray, a 6-foot-5 combo guard from Ontario, has seen his stock soar over the last few months, though he remains on the back burner for Syracuse. This is almost certainly due to the fact that Jim Boeheim and Mike Hopkins are 100% in on Tyus Battle, and the word is that it’s very much an either/or situation with Battle and Murray, making Murray one of the most enticing backup plans we’ve ever seen for the Orange.
Murray projects as a point guard at the next level, and scouts have already started projecting him as a potential one-and-done, lottery pick type of talent. As recently as a month ago, Kentucky has joined the group sniffing around the Canadian star, who also lists programs like Michigan State, Illinois, North Carolina, Maryland, Louisville, and Oregon among his potential suitors.
“Murray is a three level scorer who can fill it up from deep, midrange, and around the basket,” our friend and hoops recruiting guru Dean Francis told us. “He has good size, length, and physical strength at the guard position, currently measuring in at 6-foot-5, 204 pounds.”
The dynamic guard was the biggest standout at the NBA’s Basketball Without Borders Global Camp in February, which is when the buzz about him becoming a potential lottery pick sooner than later started to circulate. Kind of amazingly, despite Syracuse pressing forward fully with Tyus Battle as their priority in the class of 2016, 247sports.com’s crystal ball currently has Syracuse at number two for Murray in their crystal ball projections, with Oregon their pick as the current favorite.