Next in the Morning Rumble, Jamal Murray makes a decision this week, C.J. Walker will not attend Butler and a 2016 New Jersey shooting guard has re-opened his recruitment.
While Thon Maker will be playing high school basketball in Canada for one more season, 5-star Canadian point guard Jamal Murray will be playing in the college ranks for either Oregon or Kentucky. Sonny Bairos, of CanadianBallers.com, reported on Sunday that Murray will reclassify to 2015 with the Ducks being his top option. He is set to announce sometime this week on ESPNU.
Murray, a 6'4" guard out of Athlete Institute Basketball Academy, burst onto the recruiting scene after scoring 30 points in the Nike Hoop Summit game this spring against the top recruits within the United States. The point guard can hit shots from long range, has great vision, tight handles and can score at all three levels effectively.
He would be a program changer for the Ducks and Dana Altman has shown that he likes his talented Canadians as Dylan Ennis and Dillon Brooks are both apart of the 2015-16 roster.
2016 point guard C.J. Walker, who was a Butler target and a former Purdue commit, announced over the weekend that he will be attending Florida State. The 6'0" four-star Indianapolis native is the 82nd ranked player on ESPN's top 100 list for the 2016 class and was considering Cincinnati, Ball State, Memphis, Pittsburgh and Missouri, amongst others.
The 'Noles have plenty of athleticism and talent in the backcourt (if Dwayne Bacon and Terance Mann stay) but Walker's presence gives them a young, true point guard who can distribute at ease while also being able to score in bunches. The lefty can knock down threes, has strong handles, is unselfish whenever the ball touches his hands and is excellent in a pick-and-roll offensive scheme.
In more recruiting news, Gill St. Bernard's point guard and 5-star recruit in 2016, Tyus Battle, decommitted from Michigan on Friday and visited Jim Boeheim and Syracuse.
Battle had offers from UConn, Duke, Louisville, Notre Dame and Ohio State in addition to the Wolverines and Orange. John Beilein still has a shot to re-land the athletic shooting guard from New Jersey, but it will be a much difficult task the second time around.
The NBA Draft is less than a week away and the New York Post did a fantastic profile on former Duke small forward Justice Winslow.
Winslow could be an option for the New York Knicks at number four overall as his competitive fire, will to win and defensive energy would be a major gain for Phil Jackson, Carmelo Anthony and the fan base.
Check out Sports Illustrated's last article on college basketball's new 30-second shot clock, which will be in effect starting this upcoming season.
Luke Winn writes about how the 30-second timer could have a bigger impact on defensive schemes as teams may play more zone or may full-court press more often in order to limit the time the offense has to run a play and attack. While the shot clock was decreased to order to increase scoring (and pace), that may not necessarily be the case, at least in year one.