Murray won't get drafted, not gonna happen, he simply does not have a 3 point NBA shot, period. His only NBA shot is a sweet fall back jumper
he'll get that feedback, plus other feedback on his defense and all. He's doing this for the feedback, and fish for offers from overseas, maybe D-league as you say - I agree that one more year might not do anything to an ultimate pro career for him, although he's got a chance to build a higher profile collegiate 'brand' for himself at LB
Murray, Jones, and Traore would be a pretty special group coming back,so I"m still hopeful, if Murray comes back they can convince a muscle big to come in, the catch-22 right now is how do you recruit a big that would want to play with Murray if you don't know for sure if Murray is 100% coming back....ugh!!! Part of the selling point would be to join up with those 3 who would be part of an aggresive transition type team, that would be attractive.
I still worry a little bit about Murray. Given his size and age, the odds are still stacked against him being drafted. There's been (combined) 4 players drafted below 6'2" the last 2 years, and the whole draft in almost exclusively the domain of guys 20 (or less) years old. That said, When you say "take a flyer" I don't think that exclusively means being drafted. I'll guess the feedback he gets would be at his size and age he likely won't get drafted this year or next, unless he flat out explodes. That said, the feedback might be that he'd definitely get invited to play on a summer roster, with the possibility of getting into a pre season camp / invitation to play on a D League roster (large portion of those players weren't drafted). The question with a guy in his circumstance might be what different lanes are available, and what's the best path for his development. Hopefully that includes us, but if he's got supporters among NBA teams (even if not drafted) I don't discount the fact he could still go that direction....as you said, he's a confident player.
the xfer portal numbers are somewhat meaningless
yeah, if Murray, Jones, Traore entered it, then I'd expect CDM's resignation tommorow
all 3 are coming back, maybe somebody will take a flyer on Murray, he is a damn good confident player
however, teh xfer portal isn't what it's important going forward for LB athletics
it's NIL, NIL, NIL
if LB wants to keep and attrack impact players in all sorts of sports, it's going to have to have a means to have, say, 4-5 athletes each year where there's some demonstrated path to earn some money and/or market themselves (forget baseball, NIL will be meaningless as the draw for college players and the two opportunities to enter the draft to make money is a totally different thing)
more on those metrics later, but just leave it at Long Beach needs to start considering ways to bump up their social media/marketing metrics and business relationship opportunities for athlete's in Long Beach as well as nationally. efforts to increase the numbers/metrics, things that might seem silly to old farts
attracting a few impact players via the new 'payola' is going to be critical within the next few years, and the good news is that it's doable - there can be advantages for athlete's to go to LB in the future to be that big fish in a smaller but media-savvy pond
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