Jamal Murray is officially a Wildcat.
One day after the five-star men's basketball recruit announced his commitment to play at the University of Kentucky this coming season, Murray signed his letter of intent with UK on Thursday.
Murray, a 6-foot-5 guard from Canada, was originally a member of the 2016 recruiting class but recently reclassified to the 2015 class. As a member of the 2016 class, Murray was rated a top-15 prospect by nearly every recruiting service.
"Jamal is one of the best guards in the country," Coach John Calipari said in a news release. "He showed that in practice at the Nike Hoop Summit and in the game. I had so many people call me to tell me how unbelievable he was. You're talking about a 6-5 playmaker that can score and can guard multiple positions. He can make an impact from anywhere on the floor. I can't wait to start coaching him."
Murray's stock began to soar after a breakout performance at the Nike Hoop Summit. He scored 30 points against the United States in the Summit game prior to a 29-point, 10-assist, eight-rebound effort in the BioSteel All-Canadian Basketball Game. He was named the most valuable player in both games.
Murray is ranked the No. 10 overall player in the updated 2015 247Sports rankings and No. 12 in the 2015 Scout.com rankings.
"Being able to stay a little bit closer to my parents (was important to me)," Murray said during his announcement on Canadian sports channel TSN on Wednesday. "After I looked at the history of Kentucky and the players they've had get to the next level, it made me want to go there even more and really set my mind to hard work and dedication to the game."
A product of Kitchener, Ontario, Murray is the third Canadian-born player to sign with Kentucky in the last two seasons, joining fellow 2015 signee Mychal Mulder and 2014-15 forward Trey Lyles.
Murray joins a recruiting class that includes Mulder and fall signees Isaiah Briscoe, Skal Labissiere and Charles Matthews.
With the addition of Murray, 247Sports now ranks UK's signing class as the top-ranked group in the country. Scout.com has Kentucky No. 2. It marks the seventh consecutive recruiting class under Calipari to earn a top-three ranking.