Following a 1-for-10 shooting display that included 1 for 5 showing on three-pointers nearly a month ago, Washington freshman guard Dejounte Murray returned to the court after the game for a two-hour impromptu workout that ended just before 1 in the morning.
Despite struggling on three-pointers in the next two games when he was a combined 1 for 10, Murray continued to put in extra work to improve his jumper.
Over the next four games, he’s connected on 8 of 13 (615 percent), which is by far his best shooting percentage over a four-game span. Murray has raised his three-point percentage to 30.9 for the season and he’s 50 percent in Pac-12 play.
“Hard work always pays off,” said Murray, who is averaging 18.4 points against Pac-12 teams. “I never get down on myself even if I’m not making the jumper. Just like Coach (Lorenzo Romar) says, if you’re not scoring just try to do other things to help your team win.
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“Everything is just falling into place and I’m just taking it one game at a time.”
Murray is quietly putting together a season that surpasses the best freshman in the country.
He’s averaging 15.0 points, 6.1 rebounds and 4.7 assists this season. The only other freshman who can putting up similar numbers is LSU’s Ben Simmons, who averages 20.0 points, 12.9 rebounds and 5.1 assists.