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BBL: Jamal Murray sets record at Boston Celtics workout

UK freshman Jamal Murray at a press conference on Friday April 1, 2016 in Lexington, Ky. officially declaring for NBA Draft
UK freshman Jamal Murray at a press conference on Friday April 1, 2016 in Lexington, Ky. officially declaring for NBA Draft Lexington Herald-Leader

Big Blue Links for Thursday:

Jamal Murray lights it up at Celtics workout, reports Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe. “Then Murray found a rhythm, and he started making one 3-pointer after another. When he reached his final stretch of 10 shots, the Celtics staff told him he was seven away from beating this season’s record of 77 out of 100, set by Gonzaga’s Kyle Wiltjer. So Murray made eight more.”

Calipari says Murray should be the No. 1 pick, reports the Cats Pause. “(Murray is) the safest pick,” Calipari told the ESPNU College Basketball Podcast. “Simmons is really a talent. He’s big. He has size, speed and basketball ability and there is LeBronish in him. Brandon is long and can score the ball. He’s a very good player. But it should be Jamal or one of those two guys.”

Karl-Anthony Towns is visiting China

Kentucky again leads nation in basketball attendance, reports the Herald-Leader. “Nearly 400,000 fans watched the University of Kentucky men’s basketball team in Rupp Arena during the 2015-16 season, marking the 18th time in the last 21 years that UK has led the nation in home attendance. According to figures released by the NCAA on Wednesday, UK led all schools with an average of 23,361 fans per home game. Following Kentucky were Syracuse at 21,592 and Louisville at 20,859. “

UK football has time to recover from loss of Mac Jones, says my notes column. “Early commitments are exactly that, early commitments. Alabama is Alabama. It is what it is. Nick Saban has won five national titles. And, as coaches say, no commitment is safe until his name is on the dotted line of a national letter of intent. “

Analyst says Darin Hinshaw’s “sub-tweet” was not smart, reports Ben Roberts of the Herald-Leader. “Sub-tweeting at kids, it can’t lead to any good,” Rivals’ Mike Farrell told the Herald-Leader. “And I’m surprised that tweet is still up, honestly. What do you get out of that? Is a kid going to see that tweet and say, ‘Oh my God. What a mistake I’ve made. Good vs. Evil. I’m going to re-commit.’ No. Other kids are going to see that tweet. They know who it’s about. (Jones is) going to be a little bit ticked off. He’s going to tell everybody, ‘I saw the true colors of my quarterbacks coach after I decommitted. So I wouldn’t go there.’”

Oklahoma beats Auburn to win Women’s College World Series, reports Jenni Carlson of the Oklahoman. “Paige Parker was the engine of this Oklahoma softball team, and in the biggest game of her life with a national title on the line, she drove the Sooners to Title Town. OU 2, Auburn 1.”

Butch Beard, a veteran, shows respect for Muhammad Ali’s anti-war stance, reports Rick Bozich of WDRB. “He gave up everything,” Beard said. “He was a pariah for 3 ½ years. As that went along, you finally realized, damn, this is what he believes in and now the country has turned on him. As a black athlete, I was more inclined to say how strong he was to do that. He just voiced his opinion and everybody jumped against him, mainly because of his religion. “

Charles Matthews and Marcus Lee among top available transfers list, reports ESPN. “A former top-50 prospect in the ESPN 100, Matthews played just more than 10 minutes per game as a freshman -- but did see the court in all 36 of Kentucky’s games. The Illinois native could return to the Midwest, but he will also be a sought-after national prospect. He is expected to visit Michigan and Xavier in the coming weeks.”

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