Ben McLemore

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Ben McLemore
No. 16 – 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 (196 cm)
Listed weight195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High schoolChristian Life Center
(Humble, Texas)
CollegeKansas (2012–2013)
NBA draft2013 / Round: 1 / Pick: 7th overall
Selected by the Sacramento Kings
Pro playing career2013–present
Career history
2013–presentSacramento Kings
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
 
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Ben McLemore
No. 16 – 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 (196 cm)
Listed weight195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High schoolChristian Life Center
(Humble, Texas)
CollegeKansas (2012–2013)
NBA draft2013 / Round: 1 / Pick: 7th overall
Selected by the Sacramento Kings
Pro playing 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 St. Louis, Missouri to parents Ben McLemore II and Sonya Reid. He is the fourth of five children, with the youngest being his half brother Dennis Eugene Brown III .

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 "a little fuzzy".[7] He was allowed to practice with the team and take part in team activities starting in the second semester of the school year.[8]

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,[9] and was named a finalist for the John R. Wooden Award.[10]

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.[11] 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.[11] 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.[11]

Professional[edit]

McLemore was largely projected to be a top five pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, but was instead taken seventh overall by the Sacramento Kings.[12] He was named the Western Conference Rookie of the Month for November 2013.

In February 2014, McLemore was selected to participate in the 2014 Sprite Slam Dunk contest.[13]

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. ^ Keeley, Sean (2011-10-14). "Kansas Declares Freshmen Ben McLemore, Jamari Traylor Ineligible". SBNation.com. Retrieved 2013-03-08. 
  8. ^ Bedore, Gary. "KU freshmen Ben McLemore, Jamari Traylor ineligible for 2011-12 season / LJWorld.com". .ljworld.com. Retrieved 2013-03-08. 
  9. ^ 23 Ben McLemore, G Kansas Jayhawks. "Ben McLemore, Kansas, NCAA Basketball". CBSSports.com. Retrieved 2013-03-08. 
  10. ^ Withey, McLemore Named To Wooden Finalist List
  11. ^ a b c Auerbach, Nicole (June 28, 2013). "Why Ben McLemore chose Rodney Blackstock as his agent". USA Today. 
  12. ^ "KINGS SELECT BEN MCLEMORE IN FIRST ROUND". NBA.com. June 27, 2013. Retrieved November 21, 2013. 
  13. ^ BEN MCLEMORE SELECTED TO 2014 SPRITE SLAM DUNK CONTEST

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