Expectations are soaring for Kansas forward Ben McLemore, and for good reason.
After sitting out all of last season, McLemore is still listed as just a freshman, but that shouldn’t fool anyone. At 6-foot-5, McLemore has tremendous athleticism and his talent level is rapidly improving despite not having suited up for the Jayhawks just yet.
On Tuesday, as part of Kansas’ exhibition match-up against Emporia State, McLemore was in uniform and in the zone. He caught a beautiful bounce off a missed shot and flushed it down with two hands.
Here’s the video clip:
The two-handed put back erupted what looked like a sold out Allen Fieldhouse as part of the team’s 88-54 victory. McLemore ended the game with a total of 11 points. Head coach Bill Self had ample opportunity to spread the minutes and test his lineups throughout the blowout victory.
“It was good to see those young kids play well. We saw how athletic Ben [McLemore] and Jamari [Traylor] are. There were some good things that happened tonight,” Self said after the game.
Given the losses of Tyshawn Taylor and Thomas Robinson, Self will have to find newcomers, like McLemore to fill the voids. A highly-touted freshmen class should have no trouble emerging and providing depth as the season rolls along.
“We may have set the NCAA record for substitutions,” Self added. “We were trying to make it difficult on our radio team.”
Kansas will officially kick off the 2012-13 season on Nov. 9 against Southeast Missouri State.
Paul Seaver is the College Basketball Network Manager at Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter: @TheArenaPulse