'The NBA is gonna love him': Indiana's Mike Woodson sings major praise of Iowa's Keegan Murray
Keegan Murray’s talent is impossible to deny. The Iowa star is improving his draft stock this week in Indianapolis, playing incredible basketball during the B1G Tournament.
Murray might’ve played his best game of the year on Saturday, helping lead Iowa to an 80-77 victory over Indiana in the semifinal round at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. The Hawkeyes are headed to the title game after the thrilling win.
Iowa is headed to the title game in large part because of Murray’s contributions. On Saturday, he scored 32 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and connected on 8-of-10 shots from the 3-point line in the victory.
That effort impressed Indiana head coach Mike Woodson — who knows a thing or two about the NBA.
“He’s the real deal,” Woodson said, per Zach Osterman of the Indianapolis Star. “The NBA’s gonna love him.”
Mike Woodson on Keegan Murray: "He’s the real deal. The NBA’s gonna love him." #iubb
— Zach Osterman (@ZachOsterman) March 12, 2022
Saturday’s performance wasn’t the first time Murray has been outstanding this week. He scored 26 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in each of Iowa’s first two games against Northwestern and Rutgers.
For the season, Murray averaged 23.4 points and 8.6 rebounds per game while shooting nearly 56% from the floor. If there was any doubt in Murray’s ability, it’s been erased after this week in Indianapolis.