Top recruit to pick between UO, Kentucky
EUGENE — The Oregon men’s basketball team may get a big recruiting boost today.
Jamal Murray, a five-star guard from Canada, has reportedly reclassified to the Class of 2015 and will make his college announcement today — a day later than first expected.
He is expected to choose between Oregon and Kentucky with the Ducks considered the frontrunner by most recruiting experts.
The 6-foot-4 point guard from Orangeville Prep in Kitchener, Ontario, was the most valuable player of the Nike Hoops Summit in Portland in April when he scored 30 points to lead the World team.
Oregon has had success recruiting in Canada in recent seasons, including Ontario native Dillon Brooks, who last year reclassified to arrive at college a year earlier than expected.
The Ducks also have added senior transfer Dylan Ennis of Ontario, who will join the team after transferring from Villanova, and junior-college forward Chris Boucher of Quebec.
Richard Amardi and Jason Calliste, both from Ontario, joined the Ducks for the 2013-14 season, and Canadians Olu Ashaolu and Devoe Joseph played at Oregon in 2011-12.
Murray’s arrival would give Oregon the NCAA maximum of 13 scholarship players expected on the team next season after beginning last season with just nine.
The roster includes six guards with sophomores Ahmaad Rorie and Casey Benson, the two returnees, joined by Murray, Ennis and freshmen Kendall Small and Tyler Dorsey. Rorie, Benson, Murray, Ennis and Small are considered to be point guards, but Oregon coach Dana Altman has said he considers them all guards who can play multiple roles.
UO returns starters Brooks, Jordan Bell and Elgin Cook up front with top reserve Dwayne Benjamin and sophomore Roman Sorkin. Freshman Trevor Manuel and Boucher are the newcomers.