The Scot - the beaten finalist in each of the last two years in Melbourne - will meet the 19-year-old, one of the rising stars on the ATP Tour, with the winner moving on to play either Xavier Malisse or Edouard Roger-Vasselin.
Top seed and defending champion Novak Djokovic meets Italy's Paolo Lorenzi while both Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal take on qualifiers.
Murray was drawn in the same half as Djokovic, a convincing victor when they met in the final 12 months ago, and in a quarter featuring a trio of dangerous Frenchmen - Gilles Simon, Gael Monfils and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
Monfils is a potential fourth-round opponent while Tsonga could lie in wait in the quarter-finals.
Djokovic is the scheduled semi-final opponent with then either Federer or Nadal a likely foe in the final as Murray looks to end the search for a maiden grand slam title.
Djokovic will be happier with his draw although a possible third-round clash against either rising Canadian star Milos Raonic or experienced American Andy Roddick could prove testing.
The bottom half provides few obstacles to prevent a mouthwatering last-four clash between Federer and Nadal.
The Swiss, who has failed to add to his 16 grand slam crowns over the last two years, is slated to meet Mardy Fish in the last eight while Nadal could take on Tomas Berdych.