Max Murrell Likes What He Sees from Hawkeyes

July 2, 2019

Written by Rob Howe

Asked what has led to his recent ascent in recruiting, Max Murrell doesn’t drum up any secrets. The ’20 Omaha big man also offers no short cuts.

“I’ve just been putting in the work, and it’s been paying off on the court. People have been taking notice. It’s just that simple,” he told HN.

Murrell (6-9, 195) has shown college scouts a well-rounded game this spring and summer. His offensive efficiency has caught up to complement his strong defense and rebounding.

On June 23, Drake, Indiana State, Creighton, Missouri State, Loyola Chicago, Virginia Tech and Kansas State offered scholarships. A day later, Minnesota and Texas Christian did the same. Iowa jumped in on June 25.

Murrell unofficially visited Iowa in September. He didn’t hear much from the Hawkeyes until they saw him at the Midwest Showcase in Liberty (MO) on June 22-23.

“Coach (Fran) McCaffery called and offered. He said that they were really excited about me. They thought I fit really well, and that they wanted me there,” Murrell said.

Murrell watched the Hawkeyes run in open gym on his visit. He liked their fast-paced style, something he feels suits him best.

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The Omaha Millard North and Team Factory forward is enjoying getting to know McCaffery and his assistant, Kirk Speraw.

“They seem like great guys that really love the game of basketball. Coach McCaffery is a great coach,” he said.

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Murrell, who plans on taking official visits, has made unofficial stops at Cornell, Columbia, Princeton, Creighton and Loyola in addition to Iowa.

“I’m just kind of sitting back and keeping everything pretty open right now. Once I’m done playing in July, I’ll really sit down and start narrowing some things down,” he said.

A strong connection with the coaching staff, playing style, basketball culture and academics sit atop Murrell’s wish list. He’s not sure what his college major will be.

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Murrell owns a connection with Minnesota. His father, Chris Murrell, high jumped for the Golden Gophers in the early ’90s, earning all-American honors.

“It’s not really a factor. It’s great but I’m not really going to let that affect my decision,” Max said.

Murrell has not yet heard from Nebraska and new head coach Fred Hoiberg.

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