Cincinnati head coach Mick Cronin gave high praise to former Highland Park and current USF freshman guard Jahmal McMurray.
With Cincinnati leading USF 36-29 at halftime of Thursday’s game and McMurray leading all scorers with 11 points, Cronin had this to say about McMurray during his halftime interview with CBS Sports Network:
“McMurray is, in my opinion, the best small guard in the country. I don’t care if he’s a freshman. And you’re seeing it if you’re watching this game.”
McMurray, who is listed at 6-foot and 175 pounds, leads all American Athletic Conference freshmen in scoring at 14.9 points coming into the game and excels at making tough shots. He is eighth overall and leads the conference in minutes played among all players.
“If he’s in the game you’ve got problems,” Cronin continued, “and I mean this when I say it, people that don’t know our conference. If you don’t know him, then you better know him. He’s a great player.”
The reporter ended the interview by saying, “I think they’re going to know him after tonight.”
Cronin agreed: “Yeah they’re going to know him.”
McMurray ranks 21st nationally among freshmen scorers. He was named AAC rookie of the week on Jan. 25 for his season-high 30-point performance against Houston. He has also scored at least 20 points in three other games.
McMurray was a two-time city player of the year out of Kansas powerhouse Highland Park and helped lead the Scots to the state title game in each of his last two seasons (2013, 2014).
McMurray is one of 10 Division I players from Highland Park since 2000.