Incoming Kentucky freshman Jamal Murray was named to the Canadian roster for the 2015 Pan American Games, becoming one of only three collegians to make the roster. Murray is the only one of the three to not have played in a collegiate contest yet.
The Canadian Olympic Committee and Canada Basketball comprised the 12 athletes who will represent Team Canada at the TORONTO 2015 Pan American Games from July 21-25.
The 12-man roster is encompassed of national team veterans and up-and-coming talent. All 12 athletes have competed for Canada internationally either on the senior, development or an age-group national team.
Murray, a 6-foot-5 guard, was originally a member of the 2016 recruiting class but recently reclassified to the 2015 class. As a member of the 2016 class, Murray was rated a top-15 prospect by nearly every recruiting service and tabbed a consensus five-star recruit.
At the Nike Hoop Summit in Portland, Murray teamed up with fellow UK signee Skal Labissiere to lead the World Selects to a two-point win over a USA team filled with McDonald’s All-Americans. In the game, Murray scored a game-high 30 points and dished out five assists.
Murray joins former Wildcat Kyle Wiltjer (Gonzaga) and Dillon Brooks (Oregon) as the collegians on the roster.
The athletes participated in a six-day tryout and training camp from July 12-17 and officially moved into the TORONTO 2015 Athletes Village this weekend. The men’s basketball games will take place at the Ryerson Athletic Centre in Toronto from July 21-25, with a three-game preliminary round, semifinals and finals.
The Pan Am Games is a sporting event in the Americas held every four years in the year before the Summer Olympic Games. The competition is held among athletes from nations of the Americas.