Ben McLemore

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Ben McLemore
No. 23 – Sacramento Kings
PositionShooting guard
LeagueNBA
Personal information
Born(1993-02-11) February 11, 1993 (age 21)
St. Louis, Missouri
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High schoolOak Hill Academy
(Mouth of Wilson, Virginia)
Christian Life Center
(Humble, Texas)
CollegeKansas (2012–2013)
NBA draft2013 / Round: 1 / Pick: 7th overall
Selected by the Sacramento Kings
Pro career2013–present
Career history
2013–presentSacramento Kings
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
 
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Ben McLemore
No. 23 – Sacramento Kings
PositionShooting guard
LeagueNBA
Personal information
Born(1993-02-11) February 11, 1993 (age 21)
St. Louis, Missouri
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High schoolOak Hill Academy
(Mouth of Wilson, Virginia)
Christian Life Center
(Humble, Texas)
CollegeKansas (2012–2013)
NBA draft2013 / Round: 1 / Pick: 7th overall
Selected by the Sacramento Kings
Pro career2013–present
Career history
2013–presentSacramento Kings
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com

Ben McLemore III[1] (born February 11, 1993) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Sacramento Kings of the National Basketball Association (NBA). McLemore played college basketball for the Kansas Jayhawks and is known for his athletic ability complemented by his outstanding jump shot. His size, style of play and unique set of abilities have garnered comparisons to NBA sharpshooter Ray Allen.[2][3][4] He was the seventh pick in the 2013 NBA Draft.[5][6]

Early life[edit]

McLemore was born in Wellston, St. Louis, Missouri to parents Ben McLemore II and Sonya Reid. He is the fifth of six children.

High school career[edit]

McLemore played high school basketball at Wellston High School in St. Louis, Missouri for three years, before his school was shut down in 2010. He then attended both Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Virginia and Christian Life Center in Humble, Texas during his senior year of high school. On the national scale, McLemore was ranked No. 17 overall and No. 4 among shooting guards by Rivals.com at the conclusion of his high school career.

College career[edit]

After committing to Kansas, McLemore was deemed ineligible to play by the NCAA because he attended multiple high schools, resulting in his transcripts being incomplete. He was allowed to practice with the team and take part in team activities starting in the second semester of the school year.[7]

At the beginning of his college career, McLemore was considered to be either a late first-round or early second-round prospect. However, during his first season as a red-shirt freshman, McLemore averaged 16.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 2.0 assists, with 50.7% shooting from the field and 86.7% shooting from the foul line,[8] and was named a finalist for the John R. Wooden Award.[9]

After declaring for the 2013 NBA Draft, allegations arose that NBA agent Rodney Blackstock had given thousands of dollars in impermissible benefits to McLemore's AAU coach, Darius Cobb, in exchange for Cobb steering McLemore toward certain financial advisers and NBA agents.[10] Lending credence to Cobb's allegations, McLemore had Blackstock on his guest pass list for at least three Kansas home games that season, and subsequently signed Blackstock as his NBA agent.[10] This set of facts caused the launch of an NCAA investigation to determine whether or not Kansas will have to vacate the basketball games in which McLemore played.[10]

Professional career[edit]

McLemore is in his second year as a shooting guard for the Sacramento Kings (NBA). McLemore was selected with the seventh overall pick by the Sacramento Kings in the 2013 NBA draft.[11] He was named the Western Conference Rookie of the Month for November 2013 when he averaged 9.1 points and 3 rebounds per game. He scored in double figures six times in November including a 19-point game.

In February 2014, McLemore was one of six NBA players selected to participate in the 2014 Sprite NBA Slam Dunk contest.[12] In his rookie season, he played all 82 games (55 starts), averaging 8.8 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 26.7 minutes per game.[13] He finished the season with a career-high 31-point game while recording 5 rebounds and 5 assists.

NBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GPGames played  GS Games started MPG Minutes per game
 FG% Field goal percentage 3P% 3-point field goal percentage FT% Free throw percentage
 RPG Rebounds per game APG Assists per game SPG Steals per game
 BPG Blocks per game PPG Points per game Bold Career high

Regular season[edit]

YearTeamGPGSMPGFG%3P%FT%RPGAPGSPGBPGPPG
2013–14Sacramento825526.7.376.320.8042.91.00.50.28.8
Career825526.7.376.320.8042.91.00.50.28.8

References[edit]

  1. ^ Keegan, Tom. Rising above: Ben McLemore elevates above adversity, Lawrence Journal-World, December 5, 2012.
  2. ^ "NBA Draft Breakdown and Projections for Kansas Star Ben McLemore". Bleacher Report. 2013-01-19. Retrieved 2013-03-08. 
  3. ^ "Could Kansas' Ben McLemore Go #1?". NBADraft.net. 2012-12-26. Retrieved 2013-03-08. 
  4. ^ "Ben McLemore". NBADraft.net. Retrieved 2013-03-08. 
  5. ^ NBA Draft Prospect of the Week: Ben McLemore. Draft Express (December 24, 2012). Retrieved on 2013-01-11.
  6. ^ 23 – Ben McLemore. NBA Draft.net. Retrieved on 2013-01-11.
  7. ^ Bedore, Gary. "KU freshmen Ben McLemore, Jamari Traylor ineligible for 2011-12 season / LJWorld.com". .ljworld.com. Retrieved 2013-03-08. 
  8. ^ 23 Ben McLemore, G Kansas Jayhawks. "Ben McLemore, Kansas, NCAA Basketball". CBSSports.com. Retrieved 2013-03-08. 
  9. ^ Withey, McLemore Named To Wooden Finalist List
  10. ^ a b c Auerbach, Nicole (June 28, 2013). "Why Ben McLemore chose Rodney Blackstock as his agent". USA Today. 
  11. ^ "KINGS SELECT BEN MCLEMORE IN FIRST ROUND". NBA.com. June 27, 2013. Retrieved November 21, 2013. 
  12. ^ BEN MCLEMORE SELECTED TO 2014 SPRITE SLAM DUNK CONTEST
  13. ^ Ben McLemore 2013-14 Game Log

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