Murray’s prowess at the plate has actually been generating anxiety in the Sooner State about his pro prospects.
Brown: “I know Brad was saying just guard the 3-point line but switch on the flares. We’re thinking screens are coming. He shoots it from the hash mark with 0.5 seconds left. That’s a hell of a shot. Take my hat off to him.”
Joe Prunty, Bucks interim head coach: “At the end of the day, we had a couple of things in mind that we needed to look at because of what their defenses are. We went with what we thought was the best. Khris ended up popping to an area that he ended up getting a wide-open look. Great shot by him. Good poise by Giannis to be able to inbound the ball.”
His struggles against Texas aside, Depending on what happens in this summer’s MLB draft, it could ultimately derail Oklahoma’s lofty plans for him at quarterback.
One baseball scout who was in Norman to watch Murray, among others, Saturday told ESPN.com that Murray “is definitely on the list” of MLB teams and, without speculating on which round he might get drafted, added that Murray “could have a tough decision to make” this summer.
College baseball analyst Kyle Peterson was even more direct during ESPNU’s broadcast of the Red River game.
Hischier had 52 points in 82 regular-season games for the Devils this season, including 19 of his 20 goals at even strength. Sure, he had a zone-start disparity to the tune of 60 percent in the offensive zone, but that’s a function of playing with Taylor Hall. (And yeah, playing with Hall for the foreseeable future is a nice benefit as well.)
Hischier is only going to get better — and hopefully bigger, as he adds a bit more to that 19-year-old frame. Brock Boeser might score more goals. Mathew Barzal might have more points. Charlie McAvoy might continue his trajectory to become the next great Bruins defenseman. But Hischier has all the tools to become one of those two-way, 200-foot top line centers to whom Selke Trophies are handed.
Chris Peters, NHL prospects columnist: Without taking anything away from Barzal’s sensational rookie season, and while also acknowledging the heightened expectations I have for his career, I think Clayton Keller of the Arizona Coyotes has the biggest boom potential of any of this year’s rookies. Boeser, McAvoy, Hischier et al obviously have a great opportunity to do something special in their careers. But I think Keller has the most potential to be his team’s offensive focal point, which is why — when all is said and done — he will be the real gem of this rookie class.