‘They’re completely different human beings’: Iowa men’s basketball players compare Keegan and Kris Murray
Junior guard Kris Murray wants comparisons between him and his twin brother Keegan, who was picked No. 4 by the Sacramento Kings in the 2022 NBA Draft, to end.
MINNEAPOLIS — Keegan Murray was the face of the Iowa men’s basketball team a season ago. By default, Kris Murray was too.
But the looks are where Kris — and Iowa head coach Fran McCaffery — want the comparison between the identical twin brothers to end. Instead, since Keegan was picked No. 4 overall by the Sacramento Kings in the 2022 NBA Draft, Kris and Fran have fielded constant questions about Kris stepping into Keegan’s shoes this year.
While acknowledging the rationales for the questions, McCaffery told reporters that while the brothers look alike, Kris shouldn’t be compared to his brother on the pitch.
“If you’re around these guys, they’re different,” McCaffery said of the Murray brothers at Big Ten Basketball Media Days on Tuesday. “Their games are different, their personalities are different… I kind of wish [Kris] could just be himself and not be continually asked the same question.
“They’re completely different human beings, they just look alike,” McCaffery added. “Whether [former Hawkeye] Aaron White was replacing Keegan Murray, we wouldn’t ask those questions. But, it’s a fair question. They look alike and Keegan was so spectacular. You can always hope Kris posts those kinds of numbers. And he can, but he can’t. But I can tell you this, it’s going to be really good. I have a feeling he’s going to end up being a first-round pick. »
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While many players around the Big Ten only distinguished the brothers by their jersey number and dominance – Keegan shoots with his right hand and Kris uses his left – North West head coach Chris Collins described Keegan as a more powerful player and Kris as a sniper wing. .
Collins said while Keegan used more force to reach the rim, Kris used quickness and the jump shot to score.
“Both are very versatile,” Collins said of the brothers. “I thought Keegan was a bit more power-based than Kris. At the start of the season Kris was really shooting the ball, he was more of the 3-point threat. Whereas Keegan was more of the slashing, quick post-up , transition [player]. Keegan then became a formidable shooter by the end of the year. That’s why they played so well. »
Kris described himself as a “more willing passer” than his brother and said he likes to make his teammates happy.
Fran McCaffery, along with Connor and Patrick McCaffery and junior Tony Perkins, said Kris and Keegan have very different personalities off the pitch.
Fran said Keegan could say “five words in a week”. When Perkins’ locker was next to Keegan’s, Perkins said Keegan “won’t say a word” when trying to strike up a conversation with him.
Patrick and Connor both joked that they preferred Kris.
“Kris will hang out, hang out with us more,” Connor said. “He’s a little more outgoing, a little more comical. Keegan is very cold. He’s not going to go out, go to bars to party, do a bunch of different stuff. He’s like that, going to the gym, playing 18 holes, coming home, watching TV, going out. He doesn’t do much and Kris just isn’t like that.