2013 Fantasy Basketball Rookie Profile: Ben McLemore

By Adam McGill
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Not even the Kansas Jayhawks expected shooting guard, Ben McLemore, to come in and dominant the way he did during his first year in college.

The sensational freshman led the team with 15.9 points per game and made the transition from high school to the Big 12 look almost effortless. He caught the attention of NBA scouts all over the country, so naturally fantasy basketball dynasty league owners have had their interest peaked as well.

Since Kentucky Wildcats superstar Nerlens Noel has been sidelined for most of the season with a torn ACL, McLemore has been talked about as potentially being the number one lottery pick in this year’s draft. He is a natural scorer and can step into a starting spot in the backcourt almost immediately. The youngster has even drawn vast comparisons to three-point specialist, Ray Allen, due to his quick release and flawless perimeter game.

In his best game of the year, BML dropped 33 points in an overtime win over Iowa State. He amazingly shot 10-12 from the field, 6-6 from behind the arc, and a flawless 7-7 from the charity stripe. It was just a glimpse of what this kid can do.

McLemore also has decent size for a two-guard. He is six-foot-five and weighs in at 195 pounds. He will obviously need to bulk up a little, but since he has such wide shoulders there is no doubt that his frame is big enough to handle the extra muscle.

McLemore is the next great fantasy two-guard to enter the league, so don’t underestimate him in dynasty leagues. He will have the largest fantasy impact out of all the top picks this year and has a very promising fantasy career ahead of him.


Adam McGill is the Senior Fantasy Sports Writer at Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @adammcgill83, like him on Facebook, or add him to you networks on Google here or here.


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