Scouting Elite 100: Jamal Murray

Scouting Elite 100: Jamal Murray

After watching Canadian product and 2016 PG Jamal Murray for 4 days at the prestigious Nike Elite 100 camp in St. Louis, we give an in-depth assessment of the Illinois target.

Simply put, Canadian guard Jamal Murray was one of the most dominant players at the Nike Elite 100 Camp in St. Louis. The Illinois target was a force that did what he wanted, when he wanted. Here we take a look at how Murray played against the top players in the nation.

Murray put on a phenomenal performance against high quality competition. The 2016 guard measured in at 6'3" 193 pounds with a 6'7" wingspan. He has wide shoulders and a frame he will be able to continue to add strength.

The playmaking guard showed a lot of athleticism against some very quick defenders. He was assertive from the opening tip and was looking to score, showing the ability to be more of a combo or even shooting guard than exclusively a point guard.

The first aspect of Murray's game that jumps out was how he consistently got to the basket all week. His quickness and burst getting into the lane could not be contained. He got to the rim at will with plus handles, speed, and a slippery ability to get through defenders. When in the paint Murray did a great job shielding his man by using his body to finish at the rim. Several times he took contact at the hoop and finished well through it.

Murray's jump shot was falling as well. He is a plus shooter that can knock it down from both mid-range and three. While playing off the ball he had a few nice curls that he converted into triples. His pull up jumper was also working as he would stop and pop from 15-18 feet. As a bigger combo guard, he can also take his man to the post to finish at rim or with a fadeaway jumper.

While Murray was definitely in score first mode in St. Louis he did make good decisions and had a few spectacular passes. He likes finding cutters to the hoop and showed a good feel for making sound decisions with the ball in the half court. In transition, he was great at pushing it and making impressive finishes or dishes.

Murray is an-above average rebounder for a guard that will stick his nose in there on defense with the intent to start the fast break going the other way. Defensively, he has potential with his size and quickness to be very good at the next level matching up with both ones and twos.

Illinois was Murray's first high major offer and has put the work in early in the process to be there in the end. He will be a game changer from day one where ever he ends up.

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