Middleton’s bomb could have easily taken the wind out of Boston’s sails, especially with Horford, the team’s only healthy All-Star, looking a bit gassed after carrying the Celtics for much of the night. Instead, Horford, who usually defers to big man Aron Baynes on opening tips, won the jump ball against Antetokounmpo to start overtime, and Boston didn’t get down when the Bucks pulled ahead early in the session.
“From a scout’s standpoint, when you look at Kyler Murray, you see potential — and a ton of it,” Peterson proclaimed. “The power potential is there. You can’t teach power. You can’t teach speed. He has both of those things, and when he has a chance to play this game on a consistent basis. … He’s not a premier defender yet in center [Murray played shortstop in high school]. But you can teach him to be a premier defender in center field because he has the speed most people don’t have.
“Is there a possibility Kyler Murray gets enough money, enough of an offer from a major league club that he says, ‘You know what — sorry, Sooners, I’m out of here’? I don’t know. I tell you one thing with absolute certainty: There’s a significant future for him in this game. I don’t know when. But he’s an exciting prospect. And to me, as exciting a prospect in the outfield as we have in college baseball just because the upside is so good.”
Good luck finding an athlete in college sports with more on his plate at the moment than Murray, who’s shouldering tremendous expectations and immense pressure across two sports.
In football, Murray has been fighting to hold off Austin Kendall this spring in Oklahoma’s quarterback derby while being tasked with succeeding Baker Mayfield, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner and a predicted first-round NFL draft pick.
Over in baseball, Murray has been manning center field and batting cleanup for the Sooners, who entered the weekend atop the Big 12 standings.
“He’s trying to step into the shoes that Baker Mayfield left — and Baker is an OU legend — that’s not an easy thing to do,” Oklahoma tight end Grant Calcaterra said. “And then, on top of that, go play baseball and excel on a first-place team. That’s just ridiculous. I don’t know how he does it.”