'He always believed in me:' Keegan Murray credits Fran McCaffery for NBA Draft selection
Keegan Murray was the first B1G player selected in the 2022 NBA Draft.
The 6-foot-8 forward was drafted 4th overall by the Sacramento Kings after a simply incredible sophomore campaign. He came out of nowhere after a so-so freshman season, solidifying himself as not only one of the top players in the conference, but the country.
So how’d he make that jump to prepare for a top 5 pick in the NBA draft? He says it was all Iowa head coach Fran McCaffery.
“He always believed in me. I’ve played against both his kids (Connor and Patrick McCaffery) in high school – we went to rival high schools – so he was able to see my growth and development,’’ Murray said via the Quad-City Times. “He was the first coach who treated me and (twin brother) Kris as individuals. So I think I give all credit to him and our coaching staff in just developing me.’’
Murray became the 3rd Hawkeye drafted in the past two seasons on Thursday night. he also represents the highest draft pick by an Iowa Hawkeye in school history, a title previously held by Fred Brown in 1971 when he was picked 6th overall to the Seattle Supersonics.