Posted On: 11/24/17 5:00 AM
A 6-foot-5 shooting guard, Cedar Rapids Prairie junior Kris Murray continues to grow vertically, and his skill-set continues to grow, too.
Known as a sharpshooter in the past, and rightfully so, it’s not just dropping in triples that Murray is capable of. He’s been working to score from all three levels over the past 12 months, and is now one of the most dangerous threats in all of Iowa high school hoops.
There’s been some Midwest Division I and Division II programs keeping close tabs on the tall and lengthy sharpshooter.
“Who’s been contacting me the most is Central Michigan, and I’ve had light interest from Michigan State and Wisconsin. And then Northwest Missouri State called my high school coach,” said Murray, the son of former Iowa Hawkeyes forward, Kenyon Murray.
“Central Michigan wants us (also his twin brother, Keegan) to work out with them in the near future. But my recruitment is all just pretty open right now.”
Murray, though he is certainly one of the best shooters in Iowa, is ready to showcase to coaches and fans a like, that he’s diversified his game.
“People see me as a shooter, so I’ve really been trying to incorporate a mid-range and a dribble-drive into my overall game. And so this summer, I really worked on getting to the basket and different moves to get there,” said Murray.
“It’s going to help me a lot more this season when I get my 3s off, because people are going to have to play me in a lot of different ways.”
Murray, along with his twin brother Keegan and standout point guard Griff Clark, have very high expectations for their Cedar Rapids Prairie squad this season.
“This is one of the longest teams we’ve ever had. I think that we’re going to be a sneaky team, we can knock off some of the higher-ranked teams in the conference. One of our goals is to hopefully make it to state, and hopefully knock off some teams if we get there,” said Murray.
“Our offense has a lot of things you can do within it, it’s just free-flowing. So the more I can get into the paint and hit floaters and pull-up jumpers, that will help us out a lot.”
And when the dust has settled on what could be a very successful junior season, Murray, along with Keegan, will be playing with the Iowa Barnstormers 17U unit for their final season of grassroots ball.
“That’s huge, people are going to see what I can do on a national stage, and I think it’ll really help with recruitment overall,” said Murray. “I’m looking to get some offers later this season or early this summer, that’s what I’m striving for right now.”