How Iowa's Keegan Murray sold himself to Sacramento Kings

How Iowa’s Keegan Murray sold himself to Sacramento Kings

Sacramento Kings general manager Monte McNair has a simple NBA Draft philosophy: take the best player available. Their No. 4 overall pick was highly coveted. They entertained trade offers and explored several possible selections, including Purdue’s Jaden Ivey and Arizona’s Bennedict Mathurin, but ultimately one player rose above the rest.

“After sitting in the room with with my front office staff, coaching staff, scouting department, our analytics department, it became unanimous that Keegan Murray was the best player available and we jumped at the chance to select him,” McNair said to reporters after the draft.

The Kings made the former Iowa star the highest drafted player in Hawkeyes men’s basketball history. Murray emerged as one of college basketball’s premier players last season, McNair stated that the Kings had been targeting Murray since his freshman season. His All-American campaign just confirmed their initial interest.

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