With the Wichita State campus being just five miles from Jahmal McMurray’s new school, the Shocker coaching staff will be able to keep a close eye on him.
McMurray, who has reclassified to the 2015 class and will play at Sunrise Christian Academy this fall after a standout career at Highland Park, made it easier on the WSU coaches this past weekend by attending the Wichita State High-Intensity Camp.
“It went pretty good,” McMurray said. “We did a lot of drills with some of the players like Fred VanVleet who taught me a few things that I’m going to put in my game now. We worked out, did drills, and then we scrimmaged. It was pretty good.”
The tips from VanVleet were appreciated by McMurray.
“It was really good because he’s one of the best point guards in college basketball,” McMurray said. “So getting stuff from him will keep me on the right path.”
It was a positive experience for McMurray who was able to showcase his abilities in front of the Wichita State coaching staff for three hours in his first trip to the campus since he was in eighth grade.
“I met all of the coaches,” McMurray said. “Then I talked to coach Greg Heiar (Sunday) for about 30 minutes and he told me that they’re watching me and looking for me for next year. They’re very interested–it’s extremely different (than last year). They just love how tough I am, how well I defend, and how aggressive I play.”
The coaching staff will be keeping a close eye on McMurray the rest of the summer as they plan to see him at the Chicago Summer Jam (July 11-13), Great American Shootout (July 17-20), and Sunflower Showcase (July 24-27) while playing for Top City.
In addition to meeting the coaches, he was able to see some of the facilities.
“The locker room was real nice,” McMurray said. “They had TVs, chairs, and pool tables—all types of stuff in there so that was cool too.”
Wichita State, which is coming off their best season in school history, is a program that McMurray is extremely interested in.
“This program is an extremely great program,” McMurray said. “The way that all of the coaches run things, how they do the drills, and how hard they work is just amazing—that’s the kind of environment that I want to be in—and they teach really good. The players and coaches taught very well and that’s the kind of things you want in a program.”