Kris Murray passes on NBA Combine. What is means for Iowa basketball.

Iowa men’s basketball player Kris Murray declined his invitation to the NBA Combine on Tuesday night. He received an invitation following a strong surge in draft buzz while training in Chicago alongside twin brother Keegan Murray, a projected lottery pick.

Sure sign that he’s returning to Iowa? It’s not for certain, according to his father, Kenyon Murray.

In an interview with Hawk Central on Wednesday morning, Kenyon Murray said Kris is “still in the draft process” and his decision to remain in the draft or return to Iowa will likely run its full course until the June 1 deadline.

Several NBA teams have expressed interest in Kris and there’s the possibility of invitations for individual workouts. Therefore, he’s not shutting the door on those opportunities and the chance to pique a team’s interest in a private session. In the meantime, Kris will continue his path of individual training and taking feedback from teams as it comes.

Kris and Keegan have been training at a few different facilities, including the Wintrust Arena in Chicago where the combine is held. Their training groups include a wide range of players: NBA Draft hopefuls, NBA and overseas players, as well as NBA G-League players. Those workouts include 1-on-1’s, 3-on-3’s, situational drills, skills development and basketball classroom work.

Iowa forward Kris Murray (24) declined his combine invitation but is still keeping his name in the NBA draft process.

“He just wants all of the information that he can get,” Kenyon said to KCJJ radio in a subsequent interview after talking with Hawk Central. “I think the day in, day out workouts against that kind of level of completion has really, really helped him. His confidence is sky high and I think he’s in a good situation either way.”

Last season, Murray demonstrated two valuable traits to NBA teams, 3-point shooting ability (38%, second-best at Iowa) and versatility on defense. Those skills paired with his 6-foot-8 and 225-pound frame makes Murray the prototypical “three-and-(defense)” prospect that professional teams covet.

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