Max Murrell

Millard North's Max Murrell Murrell averaged 6.9 points per game and 3.1 rebounds per game in 2017-18.

Millard North's Max Murrell turned a strong AAU season into high expectations for him and the Mustangs this fall.

After thriving in a large role and improving with Team Factory 16U, Murrell has been in contact with Purdue, Drake, UNO, UMKC, and Concordia. He attended UMKC's elite camp on Aug. 11 and received his first scholarship offer from the Kangaroos later that day.

"The camp was really fun," Murrell said. "I had a great time and I'm really excited to get the offer. I wasn't expecting to get the offer but I'm glad I did."

Reflecting on his summer, Murrell highlighted the ability to create his own offense as the main priority of skills to work on moving forward.

Murrell is adept at driving to the rim and finishing with his left hand. He averaged 6.9 points per game and 3.1 rebounds per game in 2017-18.

However, Murrell acknowledged that he needs to work on finishing with both hands around the rim.

“I’m definitely working on driving and finishing with my right. Adding that to my game, rather than just sitting in the corner and shooting and posting up, will add a new dimension to my offense,” Murrell said.

Murrell said finding open spots, positioning on rebounds, athleticism, and shot blocking are the main pillars of his game right now.

That is a pretty accurate self assessment; Murrell is 6-foot-8 with a 6-foot-9 wingspan and a 32.5 inch vertical leap, and puts that length and athleticism to good use by contesting shots and grabbing rebounds in traffic. Murrell also positions himself well against stronger defenders by necessity — he still has room to fill out his 187-pound frame.

The Mustangs' 12-12 record in 2017-18 did not reflect the talent level they had on their roster. With Nick Ferrarini headed to Wayne State, Division-I level prospects Murrell and sophomore Hunter Sallis will be asked to step into larger roles, especially now that senior forward Bret Porter suffered an ACL injury in June and has no clear timetable for a return.

“I’d like to develop my game out on the perimeter this season. As a team, we want to work on finishing games and playing together,” the junior said. 

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