Jamal Murray was drafted in 2016 to NBA as the 7th overall pick by the Denver Nuggets after only his first year of college. This came as no surprise because, at the age of three, he was an avid basketballer. It is said that he played against those way older than him when he was a lad.
Now a professional basketballer, Jamal has been honored severally as an MVP, the Canadian plays at the point guard/shooting guard position, here is all there is to know about him.
Jamal Murray’s Bio
Jamal was born to Silvia and Roger Murray in the year 1997 on the 23rd of February in Kitchener Ontario, Canada. According to reports, his father was born in Jamaica but moved to Canada when he was nine. The NBA star has a younger brother called Lamar. As the story goes, Jamal started playing basketball from the tender age of three. It is believed that he played with those twice his age at that time; when he was six, he was a star among players who were around 10 years old and by the time he was 14, he was already thriving in the game, competing against high school and college stars. Jamal was able to cope with players very much ahead of him due to the rigorous training and Kungfu exercise his father subjected him to.
You wouldn’t have to search hard to find that he started his high school career at the Grand River collegiate institutes in Kitchener. However, he later transferred to Orangeville Prep, in Orangeville Ontario. As his father was an assistant coach at the Athlete Institute, the move was meant to hand Jamal all the guidance he will be needing to nurture his professional career. With the Institute, Jamal and Thon Marker quickly established themselves as the playmakers of the team. While they helped the school win most of their games, Jamal received the MVP honor a handful of times. Notable among them was the one he received after the 2015 BioSteel All-Canadian Basketball Game.
When he started his college career, sometime in June 2015, with the Kentucky Wildcats, Jamal Murray quickly gathered a widespread recognition for himself. He was able to pull off 20.0 points per game which became the highest points accumulated by a freshman in the history of the team. As one would expect, this brought him several recognitions including the SEC All-Freshman 2016 team honor. Jamal was equally named to the All-SEC first-team and AP’s All-American third-team of the year. Also, he was among those listed for the John R. Wooden Award.
His professional career kicked off after he made a pact with the Denver Nuggets in August 2016. As mentioned earlier, he was picked by the team in the year’s NBA Draft in the first round with the seventh overall pick. The bloke did not waste any time in asserting himself in the league. He finished his rookie campaign as a member of the NBA All-Rookie Second Team. Disregarding that, Murray was celebrated as a Western Conference Rookie of the Month in December 2016 and recognized as the MVP of the Rising Stars Challenge in February 2017.
Beyond his NBA career, Jamal has been a fine player for Canada. He represented the country during the 2015 Pan American Games and helped the national team take home the silver.
His Parents and Family
Even as it’s hard to get all the details one may desire to know about Jamal’s mother Sylvia, it is known that he has a good relationship with the woman as he has severally praised her publicly for helping mold the man he has become. His father Roger Murray was born in Jamaica but moved to Canada when he was still a lad. Like Jamal, Roger was a fine sportsman who excelled in basketball and in track and field in his heydays.
Mr. Roger has always been praised for equipping his son with the physical and mental training he needed in order to flourish as a professional basketballer. He practically pushed Jamal beyond his limits and it has paid off a great deal. The NBA star isn’t the only child of his parents, he has a younger brother named Lamar.
Height, Weight, and Body Stats
Granted that this Denver Nuggets playmaker has shown that he has a lot to offer, it has been suggested on several quarters that he struggles defensively. Irrespective of the fact that he is a solid passer, many have also argued that there is a need for him to better his efficiency. These weaknesses are mostly expressed in view of the belief that he has all it takes to dominate the league – talent, skills, the ideal body frame, and physical fitness.
Jamal Murray is 4 inches taller than 6 feet (193 cm) and weighs 93 kg (207 lb). Other details of his body measurements are yet to be confirmed.