Kansas' Ben McLemore As The #1 2013 NBA Draft Pick
While several touted big men like Nerlens Noel (Kentucky), Cody Zeller (Indiana) and Anthony Bennett (UNLV) have been garnering praise from NBA scouts, Kansas' Ben McLemore, a 6'5" shooting guard is making his case to be selected #1 overall in the 2013 NBA Draft.
McLemore, a red-shirt freshman, is one of the best pure athletes in the Draft Class, capable of skying high for a rebound or exploding down the court for a dunk in transition. But he is growing comfortable in his go-to role as a scorer for the Jayhawks, while making solid contributions on the defensive end as well as he is averaging 5.5 rebounds, 1.0 block and 1.3 steals per game. As of late, McLemore has improved even moreso, averaging 5.5 rebounds, 2 blocks and 2 steals a game. And offensively, McLemore can light it up from the perimeter, knocking down 3s or attack the rim and score in the lane.
What benefits McLemore is the overall lack of depth in this year's Draft Class in the backcourt and McLemore has legitimate potential as a 15-18 point per game scorer at the next level. And several of the top teams in 2013 Draft lack that scoring punch in the backcourt (Charlotte, Phoenix, Orlando, Toronto, Sacramento, Detroit, Philadelphia) and would have a hard time passing on Kansas' Ben McLemore.