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Jamal Murray out to prove he’s ‘best player’ in draft: ‘I can score on anybody’ 06.08.16 at 2:14 pm ET
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Mar 19, 2016; Des Moines, IA, USA; Kentucky Wildcats guard Jamal Murray (23) shoots the ball against Indiana Hoosiers guard Yogi Ferrell (11) in the second half during the second round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament at Wells Fargo Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports

Kentucky freshman Jamal Murray, a possibility for the Celtics at No. 3, is not short on confidence as the draft approaches. (Steven Branscombe/USA Today Sports)

WALTHAM — Jamal Murray doesn’t lack for confidence. 

The 6-foot-4 guard out of Kentucky is rated by some as the best pure shooter and scorer available after Ben Simmons and Brandon Ingram in the draft. 

“I have the mind of a 1 in a 2 guard’s body,” Murray said. “I believe I can score on anybody. In college I got better at playing the 2, kind of got a feel for it coming off screens, found my rhythm. Before that I was a natural point guard. I’m a big guard, whether a 1 or 2.”

Does Murray think he’s the best player in this draft? 

“Yeah, I think so. That’s not a knock on anybody, I’m just looking back on the work I’ve put in, how far I’ve come, how quickly I learn, how quickly I adapt to my surroundings and how easy I fit into a team. I believe I’m the best player in the draft, but every team needs what they need,” he said. “I just want to go to the right team. The team that wants me. The team that believes in my potential and [couldn’t make out] I have right now. Someone who is going to use down the stretch and have faith in me.”

On Wednesday, he spent the morning working out for the Celtics, proving that and setting a record of sorts. 

The guard made 79 of 100 shots from 3-point range in a drill around the arc. The previous mark was 77 this spring. The drill involved taking 10 shots from beyond the arc at five spots on the court and going twice around. 

“They told me ahead of time it was a record. I was at 71. They kind of had one more spot to go,” Murray said. “I didn’t know. They just kind of told me I was at 71.” 

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Jeff Goodman on D&C: Celtics could go with Noah Vonleh 04.09.14 at 12:17 pm ET
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ESPN college basketball insider Jeff Goodman joined Dennis & Callahan on Wednesday to talk about the Celtics and who they could draft, Duke star Jabari Parker, and the rumors about John Calipari going to the Laker. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

With the Celtics out of playoff contention and the season almost over, Celtics observers are looking at the upcoming NBA draft. Goodman sees a variety of players who could fit the Celtics, depending on where they are picking.

“If they go six, I would say a guy like Noah Vonleh,” Goodman said. “Local kid, from the North shore. Played in Indiana this past season. He’€™s about a [6-foot-9 1/2] 4 man and can kind of be a little bit of a 3. Played 5 this year at Indiana. A great, great high-character kid. He’€™s only going to get better. I think he’€™d be in the mix if they pick somewhere around that six range.”

Added Goodman: “€œThey really need to get in the top three, and then if they’€™re drafting four or five, you’€™re probably talking about picking from a group of Julius Randle, who we saw really struggle the other night in Kentucky. Dante Exum, that combo guard from Australia who’€™s really athletic, got size, about 6-5. But a lot of people don’€™t whether he’€™s a 1 or a 2. Many people haven’€™t seen him against high-quality competition.”

Parker and Andrew Wiggins are considered two of the top prospects, with many analysts going back and forth on who is better. Goodman prefers Parker, comparing him to Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony.

“€œHe’€™s as much of a given in this draft that you can’€™t miss,”€ Goodman said. “I know people are going to say, well, you shoot for the stars and Andrew Wiggins could be — I don’€™t know, who do they say, Tracy McGrady I guess. Jabari Parker could be Carmelo without some of the issues. That’€™s how good he is offensively. That’€™s how good he’€™s going to be. You’€™re not missing on Jabari Parker. But the bottom end of Jabari Parker, this is the worst-case scenario to me, is he’€™s a 13[-point] and six[-assist] guy. The top end is he’€™s Carmelo and he’€™s averaging 22 [points] and eight [assists].”

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Your daily Rajon Rondo update: ‘Back to School’ 07.29.11 at 3:26 pm ET
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According to University of Kentucky head basketball coach John Calipari, Rajon Rondo will join fellow former Wildcats John Wall and Eric Bledsoe as students at the school for the upcoming fall semester should the lockout continue.

As Kentucky Sports Radio’s Matt Jones noted, Rondo & Co. could practice with their former college team as student assistant coaches should they enroll full-time (12 credit hours in a semester).

Rondo left Kentucky after his sophomore year in 2006, while both Wall and Bledsoe departed following their freshman seasons in 2010. Presumably, the Celtics point guard is a lot closer to actually achieving his college degree than his counterparts on the Wizards and Clippers. Hopefully, the NBA lockout won’t last long enough for any of them to take two or three years of classes, although all three should be commended if they actually do enroll and attend college courses.

And there better be a “Back to School” reality show based on this with Rondo going around saying stuff like, “I hereby dedicate this building to myself,” “Bring us a pitcher of beer every seven minutes until somebody passes out, and then bring one every 10 minutes” and “Why don’t you call me some time when you have no class?”

I could go on all day with Rondo in “Back to School” scenarios, but I’ll spare you. Instead, check out this Rondo impression by Harlem Globetrotter Dizzy Grant and answer the poll question below …

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