From Bust to Ballin’: The Journey to Stardom!!

Andrew, Journalist

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Before the awards and the recognition, before declaring to the NBA draft, before he committed to University of Kentucky.


On February 23, 1997, future Denver Nuggets star Guard Murray was born in, Kitchener Ontario to a family of athletes and soon would be regarded as one of the best young prospects in the pinnacle of professional basketball. Everyday since he was 3 Murray was able to play for countless hours non stop without getting tired, by the age of six murray played in a rec league vs ten year olds. Jamal was run through an insane amount of basketball drills, kung-fu drills, and even meditation, at twelve years old murray began playing pickup games with top high school players in his area. Starting high school at Grand River Collegiate Institute later transfering to Orangeville Prep to form an insane core alongside future Milwaukee Buck Thon Maker.


In 2015 Murray won MVP in the Nike Hoops Summit scoring 30 points along side another MVP award for the 2015 Biosteel All-Canadian basketball game. Shortly after he also became a kentucky commit and averaged the most points ever by a freshman in any of John Calipari’s offensive schemes holding onto an average of 20 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 2.2 assists shooting 40.8% from the field. In 2016, he was named to the Third Team All-America, First Team All-SEC and the Sec All-Freshman Team.


Murray later would declare to the 2016 NBA draft and would be taken by the Denver Nuggets with the 7th overall pick, but would have a disappointing season only averaging 9.9 points, 2.6 rebounds, 2.1 assists as a starter playing 21 minutes and would be named to the 2016-17 All-Rookie Second Team according to


Although Murray had an underwhelming rookie season, he has more than made up for that by scoring an average of 16.7 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.4 assists and shot about 53% from the field per game in his sophomore season, according to While being paired alongside a 22 year old Nikola Jokic and a 23 year old Gary Harris.In 2016 he won the MVP for the Rising Stars Challenge as a rookie and scored 36 points. Murray is currently one of the best young prospects and a crucial part of Denver’s future coming into the 2018-19 NBA season.