"At first it was just distance," Murray said during his announcement on TSN in Canada. "Being able to stay a little bit closer to my parents. And then looking at the history of Kentucky [putting players in the NBA], made me want to go there even more."
Murray, a Canada native and one of the best guards in high school basketball, was previously considered a member of the 2016 class. The possibility of moving his graduation up a year has been a thought for several months, but things really heated up for Murray after his standout performance at April's Nike Hoop Summit. Against some of the best American players in the 2015 class, Murray was arguably the best player on the court, winning MVP and finishing with 30 points and five assists to help lead the World team to a win over the USA squad.
Several schools had been in the mix for Murray -- in both classes -- but he visited just two: Kentucky and Oregon. Oregon has done well with Canadian prospects in the past, including rising sophomore Dillon Brooks and recent Villanova transfer Dylan Ennis, but Murray couldn't turn down John Calipari and the Wildcats.
Expect Murray, a 6-foot-5 prospect out of Orangeville Prep (Canada), to play a variety of roles for Kentucky. He's excellent with the ball in his hands, but his size enables him to play off the ball -- which is something he will have to do with rising sophomore Tyler Ulis and incoming freshman Isaiah Briscoe already in the fold for the Wildcats.
Despite adding Murray to the fold, Kentucky remains at No. 2 in the 2015 class rankings, one spot behind Duke. He joins the aforementioned Briscoe (No. 13), as well as elite center Skal Labissiere (No. 2), versatile wing Charles Matthews (No. 42) and junior college shooter Mychal Mulder.