A Look At Kansas Jayhawks' Ben McLemore's Draft Stock

By Trevor Lowry
Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Ben McLemore did wonders in his freshman season for the Kansas Jayhawks. As a result, his stock is sky high for the 2013 NBA Draft.

McLemore still has the chance to go No. 1 overall, although Nerlens Noel seems to be the most likely candidate to go first in the draft. Even if McLemore is not picked first, he will likely go No. 2. Once again, even if he is not picked up second overall, he will likely not fall out of the top five. Many mocks have him going No. 2, and many have him going no lower than No. 4 overall.

On the season, McLemore helped make Kansas one of the best teams in the nation and his 15.9 points per game and 5.2 rebounds per game had a lot to do with that. It helps that he shot so efficiently, shooting 49.5 percent from the field and 42 percent from behind the arc.

Shooting over 40 percent from deep range is a great feat, especially when you make 73 threes in the process. At 6’5” and with so much talent, McLemore could easily be the Rookie of the Year next season. He is easily one of the best players in the draft, hence why he is going to be picked up so early in the draft.

It would be crazy if he was in fact picked No. 1 overall, but going No. 2 seems more likely at this point. Although I am sure it is many basketball player’s dreams to go first, at least McLemore wouldn’t have as much pressure if this was not the case. Still, a lot will be expected from him and he definitely has the talent to succeed in the pros.


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