Where is Keegan Murray from? 7 things to know about the Sacramento Kings 2022 NBA Draft pick
When Iowa's all-time leading scorer Luka Garza graduated and headed to the NBA in the spring of 2021, plenty of questions surrounded the Hawkeye basketball team and who would take over as the go-to guy.
Enter Keegan Murray.
Murray, who skyrocketed from an under-the-radar freshman forward to one of the country's best all-around players, stands as the main catalyst in Iowa's success.
Here are seven things to know about the former Hawkeye sensation.
The Sacramento Kings picked Keegan Murray in the 2022 NBA Draft
Murray didn't have to wait long to hear his name called in the 2022 NBA Draft.
The Sacramento Kings selected the Hawkeye forward with the fourth overall selection.
"After sitting in the room with with my front office staff, coaching staff, scouting department, our analytics department, it became unanimous that Keegan Murray was the best player available and we jumped at the chance to select him," Sacramento general manager Monte McNair said to reporters after the draft.
According to McNair, Murray is a player who will make an immediate and long-term impact.
"My job is to build the best team that's going to take the court this year and for years to come," McNair said. "And I think Keegan is exactly that player. I think he's gonna be with us for a long time and somebody who's got a very bright future ahead of him in this league, and he's going to contribute for many years ahead."
Keegan Murray is the highest-drafted former Hawkeye in program history
Murray made history during the 2022 NBA Draft, becoming the highest Iowa basketball player to ever be selected.
"It's a dream come true," Murray told ESPN after his selection. "For me, it's about leading the future of the Iowa program. I think this is the first step in doing that."
Before Murray's selection at No. 4 in the 2022 draft, Fred Brown boasted the honor of highest-drafted former Hawkeye. Brown was selected by the Seattle Supersonics with the sixth overall pick in the 1971 NBA Draft.
Where is Keegan Murray from?
Keegan and twin brother Kris Murray graduated from Cedar Rapids Prairie in 2019. But in an effort to help develop their skills and boost their recruiting stock, the twins moved to Daytona, Florida, and attended prep school DME Academy. It was there that head coach Fran McCaffery and his Iowa coaching staff offered the twins a scholarship.
Keegan Murray's stats for Iowa basketball
In 35 games for the Hawkeyes during the 2021-22 season, Murray averaged 23.5 points per game — a 16-point improvement from his freshman campaign. Murray also averaged 8.7 rebounds, 1.9 blocks, 1.5 assists and 1.3 steals this past season.
Murray scored 30 or more points five times while helping lead Iowa to a Big Ten Conference Tournament title. He scored a season-high 37 points against Nebraska on Feb. 13.
Keegan Murray has a twin brother named Kris, who's also a Hawkeye
And he's pretty good, too.
Kris Murray carved a sixth-man role for himself this past year with the Hawkeyes, averaging 9.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game. Kris Murray ranked second on the team in 3-point shooting percentage (38.7%), too.
Keegan Murray's dad Kenyon also played at Iowa
Kenyon Murray played with the Hawkeyes for four seasons from 1992-96, starting in his final three.
In his four-year career, he averaged 9.9 points, 4.6 rebounds 1.6 steals and 1.5 assists per game. His best season came in 1993-94, when he averaged 12.3 points and 5.8 rebounds per contest.
How tall is Keegan Murray?
Iowa basketball lists Murray at 6-foot-8 and 225 pounds.
Read more about Keegan Murray
- Iowa basketball's Keegan Murray selected No. 4 by Sacramento Kings in 2022 NBA Draft
- A look at Keegan Murray at the 2022 NBA Draft
- An inside look at Iowa basketball star Keegan Murray's life ahead of the NBA Draft