The best is yet to come for Ben McLemore.
The Kansas Jayhawks freshman star once again had another stellar performance as Kansas kicked off its quest for another Big 12 Conference Tournament Championship with a convincing,91-63, win over the Texas Tech Red Raiders today.
McLemore notched 24 points which is good for a team high 28th time this season where he scored in double figures. It was also his 10th 20-point scoring game on the season.
Given the stats that McLemore has accumulated this season, the argument can be made that he has had the best freshman season ever at Kansas. Yes, better than Paul Pierce. Yes, even better than Danny Manning.
McLemore has already broke the single game freshman scoring record for Kansas and also the points per game average in a season for freshman as well.
What may be even more impressive however, is what NBA scouts and college basketball analysts say about McLemore, and more specifically his shot.
Anyone who has seen Kansas play this season knows that not only can McLemore take the ball strong to the basket and finish at the rim, he always is deadly accurate from long distance, shooting 43.4% on the season and shooting 50.1% from the field as well.
His shot is a few things all in one. It is quick, smooth and compact. McLemore is super efficient, deadly accurate and has solid range.
McLemore’s shot is so perfect that he regularly draws comparisons to Ray Allen. That is quite a compliment. Allen is as pure of a shooter as they come and he is also know for his meticulous preparation and shooting routine before games.
McLemore also has great size and the threat of his going to the rim can definitely help his perimeter game open up.
At this point McLemore should be flattered at the comparisons but just stay focused and determined to be the best shooter in college basketball.
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