Jamal Murray is one of the top NFL players in the world. His short career with the Denver Nuggets is filled with highlights and showcases how talented he is in his field. Football however is not all people want to know about Murray, his personal life is also of interest and this includes who he is sharing it with. Of note is his relationship with social media manager and photographer Harper Hempel. That they have been together for the number of years attributed to them is noteworthy.
Jamal Murray was born February 23, 1997, to Sylvia and Roger Murray in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. Jamal’s father took to track and field, was a boxer, and also played basketball in his youth, and took Jamal through many basketball drills and martial arts exercises since he was very young.
He was raised in Kitchener, where he attended Grand River Collegiate before moving to Orangeville Prep in Ontario. Murray was named Most Valuable Player at the Jordan Brand Classic International Game in 2013. Murray was part of the team representing Canada at the 2013 FIBA Americas Under-16 Championship, where they won the bronze medal. At the 2015 Pan American Games, Murray joined the Canadian National Team and helped them win a silver medal. He was also named MVP of the 2015 Nike Hoop Summit and the 2015 BioSteel All-Canadian Basketball Game which had the top high school players in Canada.
Murray then committed to play for coach John Calipari of Kentucky on June 24, 2015. His freshman season, 2015-2016, saw him featured on the mid-season Top 25 list for the John R. Wooden Award and named to the Naismith Trophy 35-man midseason watch list. Murray was made the All-SEC First Team and the SEC All-Freshman Team while being named third-team All-American by the Associated Press.
It was only a year before he was drafted into the NBA and forgoing three years of college.
The Denver Nuggets selected Murray as the seventh overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft. Murray signed his rookie scale contract with the Denver Nuggets on August 9, 2016; he has been with them since then. He was named the Western Conference Rookie of the Month for games played in October and November 2016, and MVP of the Rising Stars Challenge on February 17, 2017. He was also named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team at the end of the season.
In 2019, Murray signed a contract extension of a 5-year, $170 million deal with the Denver Nuggets. He then proceeded to record a season-high record of 39 points and 8 assists. He, however, suffered an injury that had him missing 10 games. Murray returned to one of the best stretches of his career though they lost the Western Conference Finals to the Los Angeles Lakers.
On February 19, 2021, the Denver Nuggets win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, in which Murray scored a career-high 50 points, saw him become the first player to score 50 points in a game without attempting a free throw in NBA history.
Jamal Murray’s Girlfriend, Harper Hempel
Harper Hempel was born on August 31, 1996, in Union, Kentucky. Rich Hempel, Harper’s Father, is one of the co-founders of eCoach, a company that offers sports instruction via a virtual platform. Before starting eCoach, Rich worked with NBA coaches to help others learn about the game.
Harper attended Ryle High School, where she played volleyball and was a four-year starter in her school. She was a three-time All-State selection by the Kentucky Volleyball Coaches Association and was named district MVP in her senior year. She won the team leadership award after being chosen as team captain twice.
Harper joined the University of Kentucky where she graduated with a degree in Marketing and a minor in Digital Media from the Gatton School of Business. While there, she joined the Kentucky Women’s Volleyball Team, the Wildcats, in the spring of her freshman year. She became famous for securing fast comebacks and her impressive clutch play. The Wildcats won the SEC Women’s Volleyball tournament in her senior year.
Harper loves photography and showcased her work on her Instagram. She shows great skills and takes impressive portraits and fashion photos. She started a photography business called Harper Hempel Photography and is available for shoots in Northern Kentucky, Cincinnati, and Lexington.
On the side, Harper works as a social media consultant and works as a freelancer at Fact & Fiction as a social media manager. She handles Madhava, Cocomel, Halo Top Ice Cream, and Voodoo Ranger Beer’s community and social management services.
Jamal Murray has been dating Harper Hempel since they were at the University of Kentucky. They met when Harper was a sophomore and bonded over their love of and involvement in sports. Though Jamal left for the NBA after his first year, they stayed in contact and maintained a long-distance relationship while Harper finished her degree.
Considering Harper’s history as a college athlete and is dating an NBA star, she has kept a very low profile and avoided the tabloids. They did not keep their relationship a secret, they just chose not to share the details of it with the world. Other than a few photos of Murray on her Instagram profile, not much information about the relationship can be drawn from her social media.
In March 2020, someone reportedly hacked into Murray’s account and posted an explicit video of them on his Instagram stories. Other random photos were also posted to his account that Murray later deleted along with the scandalous video. At the time of the incident, Murray had more than 480k followers on Instagram. The video subsequently became a trending topic on Twitter and people even copied the video and shared it everywhere.
Harper went on Twitter to ask people to delete the video if they had access to it and respect their privacy. She then deleted her Twitter account when other Twitter users took to making fun of and mocking her, calling her “hot” and joking that they forgot how to delete videos. Murray apologized for the leak, then suspended both his Twitter and Instagram account for some time, and they have since been reinstated after posts from the week of the incident were deleted.
Harper and Murray are still together at the time of writing this, the leaked video not leaving a lasting effect on their relationship. They are still keeping details of their relationship out of the public eye with Harper mostly absent from social media platforms and Murray carefully curating his accounts. One can only hope they will one day tie the knot and live happily ever after.