Position: Shooting Guard
Height and Weight: 6'5", 195 pounds
2012-13 Season Averages
24.24 PER, 15.9 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 2.0 APG, 1.0 SPG
Ben McLemore is an elite jump shooter when his feet are set and a force when taking an opponent off of the dribble. At 6'5", McLemore also has the size and build necessary to put on bulk and become a capable scorer with his back to the basket.
After posting a season slash line of .495/.420/.870, it's fair to say that the shooting stroke is legitimate.
On the defensive end of the floor, McLemore's explosive athleticism enables him to play the passing lanes with efficiency. His solid frame also enables him to create a wide base on defense, thus creating the potential for elite defensive play.
With quality length and quickness, McLemore could be a valuable two-way player.
No one will debate that McLemore has the raw ability to be successful at the next level, as the physical gifts and basketball abilities are both present. The question about McLemore, however, is more concerning than his abilities are promising.
Can he handle the pressure?
During the 2013 Big 12 Championship Game, McLemore disappeared by shooting 2-for-7 from the floor. In the round prior, McLemore was 4-of-5 with 10 points and seven rebounds, but also committed six turnovers.
It didn't get much prettier in the 2013 NCAA tournament, as McLemore shot a combined 2-for-14 during the Kansas Jayhawks' first two games—performances that support the notion that he can't handle the big stage.