If you paid attention to the goings-on of the Iowa men’s basketball program, you heard the question asked two years ago.
What is Fran McCaffery doing using two scholarships on these Murray brothers, Keegan and Kris? Just because they’re the sons of a former Hawkeye?
Friday was the umpteenth piece of proof McCaffery knew exactly what he was doing. Keegan Murray had 26 points and eight rebounds in Iowa’s 84-74 Big Ten tournament quarterfinal win over Rutgers at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. Kris Murray had nine points and five rebounds off the bench, instrumental in his team’s first-half turnaround after it fell behind 15-5.
Three years ago, the twins were lightly recruited out of Cedar Rapids Prairie though they had fine high school careers and the bloodline from being the son of former Hawkeye standout Kenyon Murray. So they went to DME Sports Academy in Florida for a school year, and grew physically and basketball-wise.
McCaffery signed them without any major-college coaches as competition. Many an armchair coach doubted his wisdom. The “gamble” turned out to be a coup.