According to a USA Today Sports report Ben McLemore's former AAU coach said he was paid cash and other benefits to convince McLemore to leave Kansas after his freshman season and declare for the NBA 2013 NBA draft. The coach, Darius Cobb, said Rodney Blackstock, CEO of Hooplife Academy, paid him a total of $10,000. Cobb said that he sent McLemore's cousin to meetings with agents hoping to represent McLemore.
MeLemore's cousin, Richard Boyd has denied going to any meetings, but Cobb provided photos of the two on trips according to the report by USA Today Sports. These incentives could have affected McLemore's amateur status. Kansas University is reviewing the case to see if any foul played occurred. MeLemore has declared for the draft and is a likely top 5 pick.