Murray makes Hawkeye history at NBA draft

WHO-TV Des Moines, Des Moines, Iowa At the NBA draft, Murray makes Hawkeye history.

California’s capital city, Sacramento, has been rocked by a series of high-profile thefts. Fourth overall, the Sacramento Kings selected Iowa forward Keegan Murray from Iowa.

One of the Big Ten’s most prolific scorers, Murray averaged 23.5 points per game while playing alongside twin brother Kris.

It was like a dream come true for Murrray, he said.

“I’ll never forget the feeling I had going to Iowa as an unranked recruit three years ago,” Murray said. Whatever happens, I will always carry a nagging sense of self-doubt. As a basketball player, I know that greatness takes time and that I have a long way to go in my development, so for me it’s being able to be the best version of myself when I get down there and see what happens,” he said.

courtesy of WHO-TV The city of Des Moines Sacramento Kings fourth-round draft pick Keegan Murray, pictured here with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver on Thursday, June 23, 2022, in New York. (John Minchillo/AP)

6-foot-8, 225-pound Murray is a versatile wing player to complement a core group that includes point guard De’Aaron Fox and 6-foot-11 power forward Domantas Sabonis, the first-year coach Mike Brown.

After a standout sophomore campaign at Iowa, Murray’s stock shot up in the market. He scored 16 more points than he did as a freshman and made 50 more 3-pointers than he did the season before with the Hawkeyes.

For the 16th year in a row, the Kings have failed to make the playoffs, an NBA record.

Brown, a four-time NBA champion with the Golden State Warriors, was hired to stabilize a team that had not advanced to the playoffs since 2005-06.

This year’s high draft pick, Murray, should help Brown get a good start with his new team, which looks very different from the team he was a part of last year at this time.

Luke Walton was fired as head coach and Alvin Gentry was not retained as interim coach. Bagley III and Haliburton were traded in the middle of the season, with Sabonis joining Sacramento in the deal for Haliburton, who was drafted in the first round of the 2020 NBA draft.

The Kings have a wide range of options when it comes to how they can use their rookie, thanks to Murray’s ability to score both inside and out. While at Iowa, Murray ranked fourth in the nation in scoring average while making 40% of his 3-point shots and grabbing 300 rebounds.

Murray said, “They’re going to get a winner first and foremost.” “I have a wide range of abilities. A late growth spurt has given me a lot of room for improvement in the field, which excites me.

The 37th pick in the draft is also in Sacramento’s hands.

The Cavaliers acquired the No. 49 pick from the Kings in exchange for the rights to forward Sasha Vezenkov and $1.75 million just hours before the draft. Jarrett Allen arrived in Cleveland in a three-team deal that included Brooklyn’s Vezenkov in 2021. As of 2017, the New York Nets had selected Vezenkov with their 57th overall pick.

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