According to his Twitter, 2020 4* and top-100 recruit Max Murrell has committed to Stanford.
Committed pic.twitter.com/4E85SkmKMk— Max Murrell (@maxmurrell123) September 10, 2019
The Nebraskan is a late bloomer and only recently burst onto the scene as a sought after recruit. He held scholarship offers from some 20 D1 schools, but only received one from Stanford in July. He apparently chose the Cardinal over the likes of Creighton, Iowa, TCU, and Minnesota.
Murrell is a slender 6’9” forward, weighing in at just 195 pounds. He averaged 11.2 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 3.3 blocks as a junior at Omaha’s Millard North High School. While those numbers aren’t exactly eye-popping, his athleticism and upside explain the recruiting ranking.
Like most Jerod Haase recruits, Murrell is long and versatile. In his highlight videos, he can be seen rising up high for alley-oops and putback slams, but also switching out on the perimeter to defend quicker guards. He appears comfortable stepping out and shooting from deep, though his shot will need some fine-tuning. According to the Omaha World-Herald, Max also scored a 31 on the ACT and holds a GPA over 4.
He is the first member of Stanford’s 2020 recruiting class. The scholarship math for next year’s team is a bit uncertain. Kodye Pugh will be entering his fifth year, so he’s not a guarantee to return. Sophomore Sam Beskind and freshman James Keefe were put on scholarship, but that was due to unexpected openings; it’s conceivable that they will relinquish them if necessary. When it’s all said and done, there could be another three or so members in the class.