Ben McLemore is a King.
Sacramento went with a Jayhawk for the second straight draft, picking McLemore 7th overall a year after selecting Thomas Robinson 5th overall.
He joins Robinson (No. 5, 2012), Markieff Morris (13, 2011), Marcus Morris (14, 2011), Cole Aldrich (11, 2010), and Xavier Henry (12, 2010) as former Kansas players who were lottery picks over the last four years.
McLemore slipped a bit in the draft but it was not a surprise as many of the teams at the top of the draft were concerned about his workouts and lack of a killer instinct.
At 6-5, 190, McLemore is considered the most athletic and talented prospect in the draft, often compared to Ray Allen for his pure shooting stroke. His biggest concerns come with ball-handling and attitude. McLemore struggles creating a shot off the dribble and doesn’t play with the “chip on his shoulder” many look for in a top five pick.
Still, he is probably the most talent player to come out of Kansas in the Bill Self era.
“He’s as talented as just about anybody we’ve had come through here,” his coach Bill Self told the Lawrence Journal World. “Now, he doesn’t know how to plug himself into a game yet and be aggressive all the time. He’s so unselfish. He reminds me a lot of Brandon (Rush) in that regard, but we struggled with Brandon being aggressive if you guys remember. So that is one thing that Ben is going to have to be good at.”
McLemore set the freshman scoring record by scoring 16.4 points per game for the the Jayhawks, and was named a consensus Second Team All-American.
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