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Monday, December 24, 2012

Ben McLemore named Big 12 rookie of the week

Kansas guard Ben McLemore extends all his limbs as he defends against an inbound pass from Ohio State forward Sam Thompson during the first half on Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012 at Schottenstein Center in Columbus, Ohio.

Kansas guard Ben McLemore extends all his limbs as he defends against an inbound pass from Ohio State forward Sam Thompson during the first half on Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012 at Schottenstein Center in Columbus, Ohio.

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Kansas University freshman guard Ben McLemore on Monday was named Big 12 rookie of the week, the conference office announced.

McLemore, a 6-5 red-shirt from St. Louis, averaged 18.0 points and 6.5 rebounds as the Jayhawks defeated Richmond (87-59) and won at then-No. 7 Ohio State (74-66).

He opened with 14 points off 5-of-9 shooting versus the Spiders and added seven rebounds. He scored 22 points and grabbed six rebounds in KU’s win in Columbus, Ohio. He shot 50 percent (13-of-26) for the week, including 55.6 percent (5-of-9) from three-point range.

McLemore, who was honored by the league for the first time, leads KU and all Big 12 freshmen in scoring at 16.5 points per game, including four 20-point performances. His 16.5 ppg ranks second overall in the conference.

This marks the 23rd time in the 17-year history of the Big 12 that a Kansas player has been named Big 12 Rookie of the Week. Rookie of the week recognition goes to first-year players in the conference.

Kansas State’s Rodney McGruder was named player of the week. He scored 26 points in a win over Texas Southern and had 13 points and six rebounds in a win against Florida.

Comments

FLAjayhawker 1 year, 3 months ago

Am I crazy to think Ben will be back for one more year? He has a lot to work on (ball handling and toughness). If he can learn anything from two past jayhawks Selby and Henry is leaving too early can kill your NBA career!

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Michael Pannacciulli 1 year, 3 months ago

Dudes like Ben, Travis, either must be in the tattoo chair every week or they have been getting inked since age 4. Impressive.

This guys athleticism is off the charts. Pierce was NOT nearly as athletic but he had a knack for scoring, and was tougher than nails. Not a good comparison. Two great hawks but that's it. I love watching and waiting for Ben to get the rock because you know there is about on 80% chane it's sports center worthy.

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FearlessJayhawk 1 year, 3 months ago

I'm waiting for BM to be named "Rookie of the Year".

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1timbob 1 year, 3 months ago

Big Mac! Is possibly the best KU player in history other than Wilt, the best in my lifetime, and way better than Peirce when he was a jr.

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Benjamin Piehler 1 year, 3 months ago

Umm... How bout rookie of the year?

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jessejayhawk 1 year, 3 months ago

MacLemore as rookie of the week? Talk about no-brainers!

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AsadZ 1 year, 3 months ago

Looking at the pic his wing span is long.

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Michael Sillman 1 year, 3 months ago

McLemore is an incredible athlete and appears to have the right attitude and work ehic to be a superstar. However he still needs to work hard on his handle. He demonstrated several times that he is not much of a dribbler. Congrats to him on the rookie of the week award.

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Sam Constance 1 year, 3 months ago

Jeff Withey was robbed of Player of the Week. We all remember his great stat line against Richmond, but add to that the fact that he posted a pretty solid stat line against the #7 team in the country on their home court and it's hard to argue that McGruder has had a better week.

Jeff's week-long averages over the two games are as follows:

15.5 points, 11.5 rebounds, 2.5 blocks, 1.0 steals, 1.5 assists, .571 FG%, .778 FT%

By comparison, McGruder has been alright this week, but played two games at home, and generated most of his impressive stats (26 points on 12-17 shooting) against Texas Southern. If you look at his week-long averages over the two games, his stat line is the following:

19.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.5 steals, 0.0 blocks, .552 FG%, .700 FT%

I don't know if the voters just didn't feel comfortable giving it to Jeff in such close succession or what, but on a purely objective evaluation of the two and their raw stats as well as their contributions to their team successes, it seems like McGruder is getting extra credit for his team not being as good all-around, whether or not he was the specific reason they won the two games they did.

All that being said, I have to say I'm glad to see K-State get that win against Florida on Saturday. As long as they aren't playing or trash-talking on KU, I actually root for K-State. After all, they are fellow Kansans. I think they really messed up with letting Frank Martin go and then compounded the problem by hiring Bruce Weber, but that win at least gives them the inside track to making the NCAA tournament again.

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VaJay 1 year, 3 months ago

Finally! An article today! I was starting to get the shakes... Now I just need some news about football!! Pleeeeze....

Gotta agree with MikeHawk - that replay is worth watching over and over! What I noticed is Kevin Young was moving a bit on his screen - almost as much as when he wrecked our first set play in the second half with his totally unnecessary moving screen (and you could read Coach Self's lips - "KEVIN - WAKE UP!! THAT WAS TWO POINTS!!!"). The refs seemed to be paying attention to that type of call on both teams.

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texashawk10 1 year, 3 months ago

Ben McLemore is the best player KU has had since Paul Pierce. Hinrich and Collison are both very good players who had very significant impact at KU, but McLemore is another step above those two in my eyes.

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mikehawk 1 year, 3 months ago

I really need to get a life, but I've watched the second inbounds under the basket to Ben against Ohio State at least 10 times. I really think he was very close to looking down into the basket on that one. If you watch it again on their replay from the other end of the court, check out the distance between the floor and the bottom of his shoes.

Scouting report to future KU opponents on under KU basket inbounds..."where's 23?!!! You three there...guard him! Game plan to KU players on under KU basket inbounds play..."you three out there with Ben...you should be open because everyone else is watching him."

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OakvilleJaybateNightmare 1 year, 3 months ago

What is perhaps most impressive about Ben is that he makes so few mistakes. There are lots of talented guys but normally as freshman they try to do to much or foul a lot or make dumb passes but you just don't see that with Ben. If you didn't know, it would be impossible to tell which starter is the freshman.

If we had him last year, we would have another banner in AFH.

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PayHeedAll 1 year, 3 months ago

Marcus Smart from Ok St has probably won the award at least once or twice

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dylans 1 year, 3 months ago

What other freshman has been tearing it up, that this is only Ben's first ROW award?

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