Murray, Written by: Keegan Murray Prospect Watch

The San Antonio Spurs had problems last week, but they should try to fix the ship with Dejounte Murray back in the lineup. However, in the college ranks, second-year Iowa Hawkeyes Keegan Murray this year is turning his head and attention to his game.

The 6-foot-8, 225-pound striker did everything for Iowa this year because he did not collapse after losing such as Joe Wieskamp and Luka Garza. Despite the 32 percent utilization, Murray still leads the country in the 42.5 player efficiency rating and is also the top scorer in the country. To see how good he was, check out his current counting statistics this season (14 matches).

  • 24.7 PPG, 2.1 BPG, 1.5 SPG, 1.3 APG, 7.9 RPG
  • 59.5 FG%, 36.5 3P%, 78.7 FT%
  • 42.5 PER, 137.4 ORtg, 94.8 DRtg

While Murray’s shooting and scoring will be highlights in his draft process, there are several other aspects of the game where he excels. He runs very well in the transition and can be a ball manipulator in the same situations. Its long strides, agility in tight spaces and large wingspan allow it to end easily on the rim. His increased strength has also helped him complete contact this season.

Post-ups became a legitimate choice for Murray because he also grew stronger. He has several different moves and because he is a good shooter, he often has several options for what he can do. Whether he turns and shoots or gets to the rim, Murray lets the defense guess.

One of the most interesting things about Murray’s game is that it’s a great off-ball. He cuts and uses screens well. He cuts to the edge and finishes well when he gets the ball. On screens, he often gets an open shot from behind the arc and makes the most of it.

The Hawkeyes star will no doubt be in the lottery, and the Spurs might be lucky to fall into their laps. That is, if they continue to lose some unexpected games.

David Berry

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