University of Kentucky basketball signee Jamal Murray has a good problem.
Murray’s performance in the Pan American Games last week might earn the 18-year-old point guard a spot on Canada’s team in the FIBA Americas Championship to be played Aug. 31 to Sept. 12 in Mexico City.
The tournament serves as a qualifier for the 2016 Summer Olympics.
Here's the problem.
With Kentucky’s fall semester starting Aug. 26, Murray would have to miss classes to play for the Canadian National Team in Mexico.
Calipari told the Sporting News he gave Canadian officials a “drop-dead” date when Murray would have to be back on campus in order to be eligible to play a full season of college basketball. Calipari said during an ESPNU college basketball podcast Tuesday that he spent two days in Canada watching Murray practice.
“We’ll see if there’s any way he can do both, because that’s what I want,” Calipari told the Sporting News’ Mike DeCourcy. “The kid absolutely wants to play for the national team, and we want that. But the NCAA has really clear guidelines on this.
“This kid is so much for his country, I can’t begin to tell you. Whatever we can do, we’re going to do.”