Taylor Murray a native of Odenton, Md. was ranked as No. 18 point guard by espnW and No. 15 overall player by MaxPreps coming out of high school. Taylor averaged 29.6 points, 8.8 rebounds, 7.0 steals and 4.1 assists per game in senior season of high school, and led Annapolis Area Christian School to a 27-3 record and both the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland Class B and Maryland Christian School Division 1 state titles. Taylor was named a 2015 McDonald’s All-American and the 2015 Maryland Gatorade State Girls Basketball Player of the Year. Murray won gold medal as member of Team USA at the 2013 FIBA Americas U16 Championship, helping the USA to a 5-0 record and a berth into the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship.
During her career at University of Kentucky she reached 1,000 career points in the Cats 2018 win over Virginia, becoming just the 34th Wildcat to make that accomplishment. Murray ended her career third in free-throw percentage (.833), fourth in steals (287), fifth in assists (450), eighth in assists per game (3.5) and 17th all-time in scoring (1359) Murray is the only player in program history to end her career with at least 1,350 points, 280+ steals and 450+ assists. Murray chose Kentucky over Penn State and West Virginia.
- SEC Academic Honor Roll (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)
- Preseason All-SEC Second Team by league coaches (2018, 2019)
- SEC All-Defensive Team by league coaches (2018, 2019)
- SEC Player of the Week (2019)
- College Sports Madness National Player of the Week (2019)
- Naismith Women’s Defensive Player of the Year Watch List
- Naismith Women’s Defensive Player of the Year Semifinalist
As a former University of Kentucky women’s basketball star who ended her collegiate career in the spring of 2019 as one of the best guard in program history, Murray signed a professional contract with VASAS-Pasaret Noi in Hungary to continue her basketball career, Taylor had some great performances during her UK career, including 21 points with four rebounds, four steals and two assists vs. Missouri in her senior season. Murray scored 19 points in the second half alone vs. the Tigers with all of her steals coming in the final 20 minutes.
I got the chance to catch up with Murray and ask her a few questions about basketball and life, check out our Q&A below.
ME: Who was your favorite basketball player growing up?
TAYLOR: My favorite player growing up was Kobe Bryant
ME: Who is been the most inspirational person in your life and why?
TAYLOR: The person who has been inspirational in my life is my mother. She has supported me my whole career and pushes me every day to be my best whether that’s in b-ball and my faith.
ME: What basketball goals do you have for yourself and your career?
TAYLOR: I just want to continue to develop my body and skill set and be the best team player I can be. Whether it’s on the offensive or defensive end. I want to help my team win and continue to play at the highest level possible.
ME: What do you hope to be doing after your basketball career?
TAYLOR: I would like to go back to school and get my Masters in public health and coach one day.
ME: How is playing internationally different from playing in America?
TAYLOR: I will say getting familiar with ur teammates. Especially as a PG, knowing how certain players like to receive the ball and just getting on the same page.
ME: What has been the hardest part about moving to Hungary?
TAYLOR: The hardest thing about moving to Hungary is the time difference, the language barrier and just being away from family.
ME: What do you miss most about college basketball?
TAYLOR: The thing I miss most about college is the friendships having that relationship on and off the court.
ME: I know you were great friends in college, do you still stay in contact with Maci Morris?
TAYLOR: Yes we stay in contract. Check in as much as possible
ME: What would you tell a younger player you wish you would have known?
TAYLOR: I will tell someone younger than me never give up and fight for your dreams because it is possible.
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