Rest easy, Phog Phaithful, Ben McLemore will rejoin the Kansas Jayhawks in a matter of days, according to coach Bill Self.
The freshman guard was injured in the waning moments of Monday night’s game against the Baylor Bears and the scene of McLemore writhing in pain wasn’t a pretty one. Thankfully, McLemore got up and walked off the court under his own power.
McLemore initially said he heard a pop when he crashed to the floor but Self said that was just fear talking.
It remains to be seen whether the freshman phenom will suit up for the Jayhawks’ game against the Texas Longhorns on Saturday but it would undoubtedly be a blow to Kansas if McLemore weren’t able to play.
McLemore failed to reach double-digit scoring just twice through 16 games this season and has the rare talent to do it all on the court without leaving anything to be desired in one particular area of the game. He can shoot from almost anyhere in the half-court and is deadly from the free-throw line. Not only that but McLemore’s an outstanding rebounder for a 6-foot-5 guard and can defend is position as well.
The Saint Louis native’s 16.4 points per-game is a team-high and his 5.4 rebounds per-game is third on the team. He’s also shooting 50-percent from the field, making him a particularly potent offensive threat. That kind of all-around production is sure to be missed should McLemore miss any game time.
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