A look at the Oregon Ducks’ class of 2015

When Oregon basketball target and consensus five-star combo guard Jamal Murray went off for a game-high 30 points in the Nike Hoop Summit in Portland (Ore.) many Duck fans hoped they were seeing the first glimpses of the future star of their program.

Quietly, however, many Oregon fans had to admit the performance was a sign that Murray might go elsewhere. Overnight, Duke, Kentucky and many other top-flight programs joined the list of suitors pursuing the once under-the-radar guard.

For months, Murray was rumored to be an Oregon Ducks lean, but a visit to Kentucky this spring and the storied recruiting reach of coach John Calipari led many to believe the Canadian star was a surefire Wildcat.

But in the days leading up to the decision many still projected Murray to choose the Ducks, and forward Elgin Cook tweeted him a “welcome to Oregon” message last week.

On Wednesday afternoon, Murray finally put all the rumors to rest, ending a tight-lipped recruiting process by announcing his commitment to Kentucky over Oregon on Canadian sports channel TSN:

According to 247Sports, the 6-foot-5, 180-pound guard, out of Athlete Institute Basketball Academy (Ontario, Canada), is the No. 10 prospect in the country.

Oregon’s recruiting class remains one of the top-15 collections of talent in the country, led by Rivals five-star guard Tyler Dorsey, ESPN four-star point guard Kendall Small, Rivals four-star power forward Trevor Manuel and 247Sports four-star junior college forward Chris Boucher.

— Andrew Nemec
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