Jamal Murray is a Canadian professional basketball player who plays for the Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Murray attended Grand River Collegiate Institute in Kitchener and later got transferred to Orangeville Prep in Orangeville, Ontario. He along with Thon Maker formed a duo that helped Orangeville Prep defeat many American schools.
In 2015, Murray attended Nike Hoop Summit and was named the MVP for a game-high 30 points. He was also named MVP of the 2015 BioSteel All-Canadian Basketball Game, which included some of the best high school players in Canada. Murray decided to play his college basketball for the Kentucky Wildcats.
In his freshman year, Murray averaged 20.0 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 2.2 assists while shooting 40.8% from three-point range. Following his freshman season, he was named All-SEC First Team and the SEC All-Freshman Team. He was also named third-team All-American by the Associated Press. Murray’s 20 points per game are the most by any freshman in Kentucky's program history.
Murray was drafted as the 7th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft by the Denver Nuggets. In 2017, he was named MVP of the Rising Stars Challenge after scoring a game-high 36 points on 9 of 14 shooting from the field and a game-high 11 assists as Team World defeated Team USA 150–139. In 2018, Murray scored a career-high 38 points including a three-pointer in the final minute to give the Nuggets a 104-101 win over the Portland Trail Blazers.