Iowa Hawkeyes sophomore superstar Keegan Murray has decided to enter the NBA Draft. He leaves a Hawkeyes squad that won the Big Ten Tournament, in which he was named tournament MVP after scoring 104 points in four games.
Iowa once again disappointed in the NCAA Tournament though. The Hawkeyes earned a #5 seed and fell victim to the notorious 12-5 matchup, losing to Richmond, 67-63 in the first round.
Murray is projected to be a high lottery pick in June's NBA Draft. Murray is currently listed as the number five prospect on the ESPN 100 list. After announcing his decision, Murray shared some words for Hawkeyes head coach Fran McCaffery, as quoted by ESPN's Jonathan Givney.
“I am forever grateful that Coach [Fran] McCaffery gave me the opportunity to live out my dream… Iowa will always be my home and I'm forever grateful to be part of Hawkeye Nation.”
Murray was one of the best scorers in college basketball this season. He averaged just under 24 points per game, to go along with 8.7 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per contest. He had such an impressive season, the Hawkeyes star forward is nominated for the Wooden, Naismith and Lute Olsen Awards.
Murray's emergence seemed to come out of nowhere this year. As a freshman, he only played 18 minutes per game for Iowa, scoring 7.2 points per game. However, he made a concerted effort to put on weight during the offseason, gained 15 pounds, and actually grew an inch.
The 6′ 9” Iowa forward was extremely versatile on both ends of the floor, showing agility, quickness and athleticism off the charts. Murray is likely to make an impact immediately upon landing in the NBA.