Iowa entered this past weekend with just one member in its 2020 recruiting class; they're ending it with four dudes. Busy times in the hoopyball portion of the Caring is Creepy world for Iowa sports. Sunday's verbal commitment from shooting guard Tony Perkins was followed up on Monday by verbal commitments form twin wings Keegan and Kris Murray.
Excited to announce my commitment to the University of Iowa! Go Hawks! pic.twitter.com/iXGbu2SDGF— Kris Murray (@KrisMurray24) October 21, 2019
If that last name sounds familiar, it should -- they're the sons of former Iowa player Kenyon Murray, a standout Iowa basketball player in the early-mid 90s. Kris Murray (the older of the twins) is also named after Chris Street, Murray's teammate at Iowa who tragically died in 1993.
If Perkins' commitment was a bit of a surprise, the commitment of the Murrays was a shock and a bolt out of nowhere; they weren't on anyone's recruiting radar prior to their commitment on Monday. They're not ranked by any of the major recruiting services and they had just one other college offer -- Western Illinois. Iowa offered on Friday; the Murrays committed on Sunday night, per The Gazette. The Murrays are also following a slightly unusual path to college basketball; they wrapped up their prep careers (at Cedar Rapids Prairie) last spring and are headed to DME Sports Academy in Daytona Beach for a post-grad year, before joining Iowa in the fall of 2020.
Keegan Murray is the bigger of the two, at 6'8", while Kris is listed at 6'7". Keegan had slightly better stats as a senior at CR Prairie, averaging 20.3 ppg (on 52.1% field goal shooting, including 39.8% from 3-point range) and 7.2 rpg. Kris averaged 18.4 ppg (on 55.3% field goal shooting, including 34.8% from 3-point range) and 6.3 rpg. Their versatility was one thing that attracted the Iowa coaches to them, as Kris told The Des Moines Register:
"The way that the coaching staff saw us fitting it their offense and defensively as versatile wings that can play multiple positions," Kris Murray said of their fit with the Hawkeyes.
Kenyon Murray echoed the comments regarding their versatility in the Gazette article:
“They’ve gotten stronger and added weight,” Kenyon said, adding that Keegan is up to 215 pounds and Kris 205. “They are shooting it better than they ever have. They have the ability to play different positions. At that showcase, they were playing everything 1 through 5. And Fran said he really likes their basketball IQ.”
Unfortunately, I couldn't find any videos of the Murrays from their senior year at CR Prairie (or their AAU action). Here's some highlights of them from their junior year:
And here are highlights of them playing Patrick McCaffery's Iowa City West team, also from their junior year:
We'll have more on all of Iowa's new basketball recruits son. In the meantime, welcome aboard, Keegan and Kris.