McLemore Declares

April 10, 2013 by  

McLemore Declares, Kansas guard Ben McLemore announced Tuesday that he will enter the NBA draft after arguably the most successful freshman season in the school’s proud basketball history.

The 6-6 star from St. Louis broke Danny Manning’s freshman scoring record by averaging nearly 16 points a game and helped Kansas win a share of its ninth consecutive Big 12 Conference title. McLemore, a second-team All-American, announced his intentions while accompanied by Jayhawks coach Bill Self during a news conference at Allen Fieldhouse.

Expected to be a lottery pick in June’s draft, McLemore is the third Kansas freshman coached by Self to leave school early. Xavier Henry was picked 12th overall by the Memphis Grizzlies in 2010, and Josh Selby was a late-second-round selection of the Grizzlies in 2011.

McLemore was forced to redshirt last season when he was declared a partial qualifier by the NCAA, but he made the most of his one season in Lawrence. With a dizzying array of dunks, a silky smooth outside shot and a boyish grin, he quickly became one of the school’s top players. He even graced a regional cover for Sports Illustrated before the NCAA tournament.

McLemore helped the Jayhawks advance to the regional semifinals, where they blew a late lead and lost to eventual national runner-up Michigan. He scored 20 points in that game and proved to have another trait that should come in handy in the NBA: a short memory.

He had shot 0-for-9 from the field in his previous game, a win against North Carolina.

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