Friday, June 24, 2016

Kentucky's Jamal Murray Drafted by the Denver Nuggets

University of Kentucky shooting guard Jamal Murray went to the Denver Nuggets with pick No. 7 in last night's NBA Draft.

Kentucky has had at least one player taken in the top seven in each of the last seven drafts.

If no deals are made, Murray will be teaming up with former Morehead State star Kenneth Faried in Denver.

Here is an excerpt of a UK press release:

Jamal Murray

Murray was UK’s first player off of the board when he was selected seventh overall by the Denver Nuggets. He’s the first player in program history to be selected by the Nuggets. With the Kitchener, Ontario, native going seventh overall, UK has had at least one player taken in the top seven in each of the last seven drafts.

The 6-foot-4 guard led the Wildcats in scoring at 20.0 points per game, which is the highest individual scoring average at Kentucky in the Calipari era. He earned a plethora of postseason accolades, including Associated Press Third Team All-America honors as well as All-Southeastern Conference First Team recognition by both the AP and the league’s coaches.

With 720 points this season, he owns the school’s freshman single-season scoring record, surpassing Brandon Knight (657 points in 2010-11). Murray posted three 30-point games this season. He was the first Wildcat to reach double figures in 30 or more games since Jodie Meeks had a run of 32 times in 2008-09. Murray’s streak stretched to 34 straight games. He racked up a 12-game streak of scoring 20 points or more, matching the longest such streak for any UK player since Kevin Grevey topped 20 or more points in 12 straight games in 1974-75. Having hit a 3-pointer in every game this season, Murray owns the UK freshman record for most 3-point field goals in a single season with 113. His 113 made 3-pointers are second on the UK single-season 3-point field goal list and the most of any freshman in the history of the SEC. It’s also the second most of any freshman in NCAA history, trailing only Stephen Curry’s record of 122.

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