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Jamal Murray

University of Kentucky

Listed weight
207 lb (94 kg)

91 kg

Listed height
6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)

1.93 m


Basketball Player

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Southeastern Conference

February 23, 1997 (age 27) Kitchener, Ontario (

High school
Orangeville Prep (Orangeville, Ontario)

Sylvia Murray, Roger Murray

Current teams
Canada men's national basketball team (#8 / Point guard), Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball

Similar People
Thon Maker, Skal Labissiere, Andrew Nicholson, Anthony Bennett, Tyler Ulis

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Jamal Murray (born February 23, 1997) is a Canadian professional basketball player for the Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played one season of college basketball for Kentucky before being drafted by the Nuggets with the seventh overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft.


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Early life

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Murray was born and raised in Kitchener, Ontario, the son of Sylvia and Roger Murray, who was born in Jamaica and moved to Canada at age nine. He also has a younger brother, Lamar. His father grew up running track and field and playing basketball; as a youth, his father played against Kitchener native Lennox Lewis before Lewis began his professional boxing career.

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When Murray was three years old, he could play basketball "for hours" and played in a league for ten-year-olds when he was six. By the age of 12 or 13, he began playing pick-up games against top high school and college players. His father put him through many basketball drills and kung fu exercises, including meditation.

High school career

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Murray attended Grand River Collegiate Institute in Kitchener, later transferring to Orangeville Prep in Orangeville, Ontario, where his father served as an assistant coach. He and fellow prospect Thon Maker formed a duo that helped Orangeville Prep defeat many American schools.

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At the 2015 Nike Hoop Summit, Murray scored a game-high 30 points and was named the MVP.

Murray was named MVP of the 2015 BioSteel All-Canadian Basketball Game, which includes the top high school players in Canada.

Murray played AAU basketball for the CIA Bounce.

College career

On June 24, 2015, Murray committed to Kentucky to play for coach John Calipari. As a freshman in 2015–16, he was featured on the Midseason Top 25 list for the John R. Wooden Award, and was named to the 35-man midseason watchlist for the Naismith Trophy. He appeared in 36 games and averaged 20.0 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists while shooting 40.8% from three-point range.

Denver Nuggets (2016–present)

On June 23, 2016, Murray was selected by the Denver Nuggets with the seventh overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft. On August 9, 2016, he signed his rookie scale contract with the Nuggets. On November 13, 2016, he scored a career-high 19 points in a 112–105 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers. He topped that mark on November 22, scoring 24 points in a 110–107 win over the Chicago Bulls. On December 1, he was named Western Conference Rookie of the Month for games played in October and November. On February 17, 2017, Murray was named MVP of the 2017 Rising Stars Challenge after posting a game-high 36 points (9-14 3FG) and a game-high 11 assists in Team World's 150–139 victory over Team USA. On April 7, 2017, he scored a career-high 30 points in a 122–106 win over the New Orleans Pelicans. At the season's end, he was named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team.

National team career

Murray represented Canada at the 2013 FIBA Americas Under-16 Championship in Uruguay, and averaged 17 points, 6 rebounds and 2.4 steals per game in leading the team to a bronze medal. He played for the Canadian national team at the 2015 Pan American Games, helping the team win a silver medal. His final averages for the tournament were 16.0 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game, while shooting 45.9% from the field.


  • NBA All-Rookie Second Team: 2017
  • Rising Stars Challenge MVP: 2017
  • Western Conference Rookie of the Month: October/November 2016
  • College

  • Third-team All-American – AP (2016)
  • First-team All-SEC (2016)
  • SEC All-Freshman team (2016)
  • SEC All-Tournament team (2016)
  • References

    Jamal Murray Wikipedia