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Ben McLemore

  • Full Name: Ben McLemore
  • Position: Shooting Guard
  • Height/Weight: 6-5 / 189
  • Birthdate: February 12, 1993
  • College: Kansas
Sacramento Kings Round 1: Pick 7
 

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Strengths
- Exceptional athlete
- Great 3-point shooter
- Good rebounder for his position
- Great free-throw shooter
- Can get shots off the dribble
- Unselfish
- Great teammate

Weaknesses
- Needs to stay in aggressive mode
- Has to become more consistent
- Needs to get bigger and stronger

NBA projection
McLemore is the possible No.1 overall pick in the draft. He’s got rare ability for a shooting guard in that he’s both athletic and a deadly perimeter shooter. When he learns to more consistently take over games and adds more size and strength, McLemore will have an excellent career as a primary scoring option.

2012-13 Season
After sitting out last season as an academic redshirt, McLemore was more than ready to take the Big 12 by storm. He was a consensus second-team All-American and a first-team All-Big 12 selection, leading Kansas and finishing third in the conference in scoring. He led the league in free-throw percentage and was ranked among the leaders in field-goal percentage (eighth), 3-point percentage (second), 3-pointers made per game (sixth, 2.0) and rebounding (20th).

Key statistics
15.9 ppg |  5.2 rpg | 1.9 apg | 2.0 tpg | 1.0 spg | 36.6 mpg | .495 FG | .420 3PT | .870 FT

Cool statistic
McLemore broke Kansas freshman records in scoring average, points (589) and free-throw percentage. The previous scoring average record belonged to Danny Manning (14.6 ppg).

Reminds me of ...
Ray Allen

What Insiders Say
Kansas coach Bill Self
“Ben is the most talented kid I have ever worked with. He may be the nicest kid I have ever worked with. I don’t say that strictly as a positive. I think it is one of those situations, and he knows this; we have talked about it a lot, he is hungry, he is so many things. One thing he can’t be is everything to everybody. He needs to be true to himself and his family and that is it. If he is able to do that, I think the sky is the limit on what he can potentially do.”

What Outsiders Say
Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg
“He’s unbelievable. He has the potential to be the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft. … He’s great right now, and he’s got a great upside just because of his athleticism. He’s got a great stroke, he’s got great elevation on his shot and he seems like a wonderful kid.”
-- Profile by Chris Dortch, editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. Follow him @cdortch