Ben McLemore

Draft Profile

Ben McLemore

McLemore is widely considered the premier perimeter player in this draft. In his lone season as a Jayhawk, McLemore showed flashes of scoring brilliance and elite athleticism. As a younger player on the Kansas roster, McLemore wasn’t always a primary option and didn’t have the opportunity to assert himself. However, his measurements, athleticism and feel for the game show that the St. Louis product has the ability to turn into a premier perimeter defender and potential All-Star as he develops in the NBA.

Things the Draft Experts Like:

  • “McLemore is also an elite athlete and has the potential to be a great defender. Has both length and quickness on defensive end, great rebounder for his size.”

  • “Blessed with the athleticism to elevate and create separation from defenders, he’s capable of coming off curls and getting a clean look off, even if he's still working on the consistency of his release point.”

  • “Boasting some of the best leaping ability of any player in college basketball, McLemore is a highlight reel play waiting to happen and has very good quickness as well. He sports excellent shooting mechanics, being very reliable with his feet set, and showing solid range.”

Draft Expert Concerns:

  • “His positioning, awareness and focus leaves a bit to be desired at times, as it occasionally looks like he's only going at half speed and will get lost off the ball.”

  • NBADraft.Net: “Shot selection is good but can improve. Feel for the game must continue to advance. Still figuring out what he's capable of and learning how to use his immense talents.”


McLemore followed in the path of Pelicans swingman Xavier Henry, spending one full season in Bill Self’s system at Kansas before declaring for the NBA Draft.