By JOHN BOHNENKAMP
Kris Murray tested the NBA draft process last season, but came back to Iowa.
Murray is entering the draft this season, but this time it’s permanent.
Murray announced on Friday that he will be entering the draft after a season in which he was a third-team All-American and a first-team All-Big Ten selection.
Murray, in an announcement on social media, thanked Iowa coach Fran McCaffery, his staff, his teammates and Iowa fans for their support over his three seasons.
“Getting to wear the Black and Gold has allowed me to live out my dream and accomplish so much on the basketball floor,” Murray said in his statement. “I appreciate everyone who has supported me through this journey and who will continue to support me as I chase my goals.”
Murray averaged a team-best 20.2 points and 7.9 rebounds this season. He scored 30 or more points four times, 25 or more points nine times and 20 or more points 15 times.
Murray closed his career with 934 points and 387 rebounds.
Three Hawkeyes have been drafted in the last two seasons. Murray’s brother, Keegan, was the fourth overall pick by the Sacramento Kings in last summer’s draft. Joe Wieskamp and Luka Garza were second-round picks in 2021.
Murray’s departure leaves Iowa with three open scholarships heading into the spring.
Photo: Iowa’s Kris Murray will enter the NBA Draft this summer. (Brian Ray/hawkeyesports.com)