Incoming University of Kentucky freshman Jamal Murray scored 12 points and grabbed three rebounds as Canada settled for the silver medal after an 86-71 loss to Brazil in the Pan American Games men's basketball finals on Saturday in Toronto.
The Canadians struggled from the field, shooting 32.3 percent, a day after knocking off the United States in the semifinals. Murray was 3-for-12, including 1-for-5 from three-point range.
"It was a great experience playing with these guys," Murray said. "We're still very proud of what we did, even though this not the final goal that we wanted."
Still, it was an encouraging overall performance from the Kentucky signee. Murray scored in double figures in all five of the team's games, including 22 in the semifinal victory over the Americans.
Over five games, Murray averaged 16 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists.
Former NBA star Steve Nash, Team Canada's general manager, offered this review of Murray after the win over the United States:
"He's a special, special kid, that's all I can say," Nash told The Calgary Sun. "He's not afraid of the moment, he embraces the moment and that's why he's very, very special.
"Obviously, a great night for him (Friday), now it's just important for us to keep his feet on the ground, keep him trying to learn and improve and get him set for the rest of summer and college and what comes next."
Next up for Team Canada is preparation for the FIBA Americas qualification tournament in Mexico.
"That team is going to be drastically different," Canada Coach Jay Triano told the Toronto Star. "Obviously we have to figure out what guys are coming to camp, style of play, what worked offensively, what worked defensively. This was a great tune-up for what matters later in the summer."
Murray made a strong case to be included in those tryouts.
"This helped me a lot," he told the Star. "I got to know a lot of the guys on this team and some great coaches around me. I got a lot of experience playing internationally. It's a more physical game with a lot of little tricks you've gotta learn, but I had fun playing with a lot of great players."