Andy Katz raves about Kings' selection of Keegan Murray: 'No question he's going to be a success'
Andy Katz believes that Keegan Murray is set to blossom into a star player for the Sacramento Kings.
The Iowa star, who was named a Big Ten all-conference first-team selection in 2021-22, was taken 4th overall by the Kings during Thursday’s NBA Draft — the first B1G player to come off the board. The Kings will be led by veteran head coach Mike Brown, with Murray hoping to be part of a Sacramento roster that hasn’t made it to the playoffs since the 2005-06 season.
“(He’s) a player that continues to get better,” Katz said on Thursday. “(He) knew his role behind Luka Garza, accepted it, rebounded as a freshman. That’s what they needed. And then, once Garza left, he knew he needed to take over as a scorer. So he can adapt, he can adjust.”
Indeed, Murray, who recorded 7.2 points per game in 18.0 minutes an outing as a freshman, embraced his new role as a sophomore, scoring a B1G-leading 23.5 points a contest as a sophomore.
Katz also noted that Murray’s vocalness gradually increased as he began to evolve into an on-court leader, while noting his versatility — specifically the fact that Murray is naturally left-handed but shoots the ball right-handed.
“There’s no question drafting Keegan Murray is a major win, because there’s no question he’s going to be a success,” the Big Ten Network analyst and NCAA correspondent said.
He's really good, and he's only getting better. 📈@B1GMBBall fans know this about @keegan3murray.@TheAndyKatz fills @NBA fans in on what the @SacramentoKings are getting in the former @IowaHoops star.#NBADraft pic.twitter.com/GYve1o6Vbd
— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) June 24, 2022