Hometown: St. Louis, MO

Height: 6'5"

Weight: 195

Position: Small Forward

Team: Kansas

Class: Freshman
#23 Ben McLemore | G

Right-handed… McLemore is a super-athletic wing who plays way above-the-rim on most nights. He possesses an excellent first-step, combined with a jab-step or low crossover to create separation and is comfortable going to his left or rim, but either way, he is attacking the rim at full force. With his length and height at 6'5", McLemore has very good size for a 2-guard, combined with his top-notch athleticism… Slashing to the rim with a backdoor cut or even using his quickness to blow by his man with the ball in his hands, McLemore needs just the bare minimum amount of space to catch the ball before rising up at the rim… He played various roles at the high school level, playing out of position as an undersized post often. McLemore's quickness, and footwork will allow him to take guards and forwards alike into the blocks for easy scoring opportunities…

Off-the-court issues have been a habit for McLemore. He was suspended from Oak Hill Academy for breaking team rules and left the team as a result; McLemore spent the rest of his senior season at Christian Life Academy. As a freshman at Kansas, he was ruled as a partial qualifier by the NCAA and was deemed ineligible for the 2011-12 season… As fun as McLemore may be to watch with his highlight reel dunks coming one after another, he doesn't offer much else offensively. His ball-handling abilities are sub-par and the slightest improvement, with his quickness, would do wonders for his ability to create for himself. Although a capable perimeter shooter shown at times, it's not enough. He tends to take plays off and disappears on the wing. Whether it's a basketball IQ or needing additional experience, McLemore looks unsure of spacing on the wing and the offense… McLemore's length and quickness give him the potential to be a lockdown defender, but it's just not all there yet for him mentally to drive him to that aggressive aspect on the defensive end of the floor… He needs 10-15 pounds to prepare himself for the next level…
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