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Keegan Murray leaning on Luka Garza for advice in pre-draft process

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Projected lottery pick Keegan Murray revealed this week that he is leaning on former Iowa Hawkeyes teammate Luka Garza for advice during the NBA pre-draft process.

Of course, the two were teammates last season when Murray was a freshman and Garza was named the National Player of the Year. They led the Hawkeyes to the second round of the NCAA Tournament after falling to Oregon.

Garza eventually became the 52nd pick in the draft by the Detroit Pistons. He spent much of the season in the NBA G League but played well in spurts with Detroit. As someone who spent time in both leagues, Garza has seen quite a bit in just one season.

Murray, speaking at the combine, said Garza has been a great mentor.

He has been one of the guys I talk to the most because I played with him for a year. He is on a two-way contract so he has gotten the best of both worlds. He has been a key influence on me. He has been back in Iowa City a little bit (so I’ve been) texting and communicating with him and seeing what he is going through.

Fast forward one season later and Murray is considered to be a potential top-five pick this year. With the likes of Garza and Joe Wieskamp gone, Murray took over and led the Hawkeyes to another appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

Murray was named an All-American after averaging 23.5 points, 8.7 rebounds, 1.9 blocks, 1.5 assists and 1.3 steals on 39.8% shooting from 3-point range. He was the top scorer in the country (822) and helped Iowa to the Big Ten title, earning MVP honors.

He was among the prospects invited to participate at the combine and has been training for the draft in Chicago. He is viewed as perhaps the most complete player near the top of the draft and should have an easy transition to the next level.

Murray is working hard to improve his game ahead of the draft. With the likes of Garza and others in his corner, Murray appears to be in a great position heading into the draft.

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