After much speculation about his stock sliding in the weeks leading up to the draft, Kansas superstar shooting guard Ben McLemore was selected No. 7 overall by the Sacramento Kings on Thursday.
McLemore was originally believed to be in contention for Cleveland's No. 1 selection, but after he went through workouts, there was chatter that he might slip. Those whispers became reality on draft night, as the Kansas product fell out of the top five.
Nevertheless, despite all of that, his new team is undoubtedly enthralled about adding the burgeoning superstar to the roster. Don't let the recent talk fool you—this kid is a special talent.
Blessed with trampoline athleticism and a beautiful, near mechanically-flawless three-point stroke, McLemore has drawn comparisons to Ray Allen:
While it's clearly still a little early to be stacking him up against a future Hall of Famer, McLemore—who averaged 15.9 points per contest with a 49.5/87.0/42.0 shooting slash line—is an electric scorer with the upside of a 20-point-per-game guy.
As with every rookie, however, he has flaws. He often shied away from the big moment in Lawrence and didn't take over when it was necessary or available—and many believe that he lacks the alpha-dog characteristic or killer-instinct mentality.
But as long as McLemore is able to be the second or third option, he has the talent to be an extremely dangerous offensive weapon with the ceiling of a future All Star.
McLemore is arguably the most tantalizing prospect in this class, and this selection will undoubtedly improve the young team hoping to avoid any more top-10 picks in the near future.