Kentucky women land highly rated 2015 recruit

broberts@herald-leader.comAugust 13, 2014 

Kentucky women's basketball coach Matthew Mitchell added another highly touted player to his recruiting class of 2015 on Tuesday night.

Taylor Murray — a 5-foot-6 point guard from Maryland — announced her commitment to the Wildcats.

All-Star Girls Report ranks Murray as the No. 30 overall player in the class.

"She's quick and she's a good athlete, but probably her strongest suit is that she has a good feel for the game," recruiting analyst Bret McCormick told the Herald-Leader. "She really understands the game and has a good basketball IQ. She's a top-notch point guard. She knows how to run a team and get others involved."

Murray is also a solid three-point shooter and has some international experience after playing last summer with the Team USA under-16 squad that won a FIBA Americas gold medal.

West Virginia was long considered a frontrunner for Murray's commitment, but UK entered the recruitment and ultimately made the best impression.

She joins Bell County standout Maci Morris, Allen County-Scottsville star Morgan Rich and highly touted New York native Batouly Camara as the Wildcats' fourth commitment for the class of 2015.

McCormick said Murray should fit in well with Linnae Harper and Makayla Epps, who both will be juniors by the time Murray gets to Lexington.

That will give UK three exceptional passers and it'll allow Murray to learn the college game from two older playmakers.

"Harper and Epps are probably two of your smartest players," he said. "They'd be great mentors for her. She's already a smart player, but I think that would help because Harper and Epps are very intelligent basketball players.

"They know the game, they love the game, they compete and they're good teammates."

Ben Roberts: (859) 231-3216. Twitter: @NextCats. Blog: ukrecruiting.bloginky.com.

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