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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Rio Adams a goner; Ben McLemore decides today

Kansas guard Ben McLemore waves to a face in the crowd as he and his teammates stretch prior to tipoff against North Carolina, Sunday, March 24, 2013 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.

Kansas guard Ben McLemore waves to a face in the crowd as he and his teammates stretch prior to tipoff against North Carolina, Sunday, March 24, 2013 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.

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One Kansas University freshman basketball player — reserve Rio Adams — officially exited KU’s program Monday.

Today, another Jayhawk freshman — second-team All-American Ben McLemore, who is projected to be the No. 1 pick in the 2013 NBA Draft by NBAdraft.net and the No. 2 selection by Draftexpress.com — will announce his future plans at a 2:30 p.m. news conference in Allen Fieldhouse. McLemore, who set KU’s all-time freshman scoring record (15.9 ppg), is expected to become the third KU freshman in the Bill Self era to leave for the pros after one season, joining Xavier Henry and Josh Selby.

Self announced Monday that Adams, who asked for and received his release from his scholarship agreement last week but had second thoughts, definitely would be leaving the team.

“We met again and talked about it. We both came to the same conclusion: that it would be in his best interest to pursue other options, get off to a fresh start and impact another program,” Self told the Journal-World.

Self also released a statement through KU on the matter.

“Anrio and I met today and discussed his feelings and how they have apparently changed. We discussed everything and talked openly,” Self said. “Together we’ve come to the conclusion that it is in his best interest to pursue other opportunities and go to a place where he has the chance to really impact a program and, preferably, a school that is closer to home. This will allow him to red-shirt and have another year to work toward graduating.”

Adams confirmed his decision to transfer on Twitter through his @AnrioAdams account.

“Nothin but positives from here on out ... This will only make me stronger,” he tweeted.

If McLemore declares for the draft today, that would give KU three available scholarships for next season. The Jayhawks already have signed No. 25 (by Rivals.com) Brannen Greene, 6-7 small forward, Tift County High, Tifton, Ga.; No. 26 Wayne Selden, 6-5 shooting guard, Tilton (N.H.) School; No. 31 Conner Frankamp, 6-foot combo guard, Wichita North; No. 37-ranked Joel Embiid, 7-foot center, Rock School, Gainesville, Fla.; and No. 134 Frank Mason, 5-11 point guard, Massanutten Military Academy, Woodstock, Va. KU is still in the running for No. 1-ranked Andrew Wiggins, 6-7 forward from Huntington (W.Va.) Prep, who is considering KU, Kentucky, North Carolina and Florida State.

Self told the Journal-World the Jayhawks are still pursuing players and looking for “immediate impact” on the recruiting trail.

“We could probably sign a couple more,” he said.

Wiggins and Selden were teammates in last week’s McDonald’s All-America game in Chicago. Wiggins told Boston.com that Selden was “a joy to play with.”

Comments

Chad Smith 1 year ago

Ben Made the right decision to go. Now I just wanna see how our defense will evolve without withey. But tbh, I think it could be even better. in 2008, we had no true center. But with ellis and traylor coming back and our new center recruit along with some frontline players waiting to get their chance, you could see a rotation like that in the next year or two. We want players who can lock down. I really like Selden from what I've seen. I'm most intrigued by greene, he's got BRush type game and if he's near as athletic then he might be a treat. I'm already amped for next year!

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sunbake 1 year ago

Today, the experts have ranked the teams of next year and predict that Louisville and Mich. will be right up there at the top. Wichita ST. # 11 or maybe higher, and KU possible #20 if they are lucky. A little school like Wichita ST. ranked over KU, what an embarrasment this is. Kansas ST. football ranked #8 and Ku # 107. It's a good thing that the state of Kansas has Kansas ST. and Wichita ST. again, putting the state of Kansas on the map and in the hearts of Kansas fans.

Michigan had 5 freshmans on the floor at one time last night and were pulling away. KU had 3 seniors, a 5th year senior and a supposed hot shot player and they couldn't get it done. Well, thats the Self way.

McLemore better stay another 4 more years before he is ready, that is if Self can develep him. Self really got the award for technical fouls, looked like he was about to blow a gasket, That's been his wey.

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TysonHawk37 1 year ago

Best of luck Ben! You absolutely made the right decision!

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hawkmoon2020 1 year ago

God speed, Ben. You will ALWAYS be in the hearts of Jayhawk Nation!

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akgjenkintown 1 year ago

He is talking now. He thanked everyone, including the fans. But Ben is going pro.

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MinorThreat 1 year ago

It's 2:42pm, where's the decision??

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hawkmoon2020 1 year ago

So far, the current lineup for next season looks like:

PG Tharpe, Frankamp SG Selden, White SF Greene, PF Ellis, Traylor C Lucas, Embiid

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jayhawkinATL 1 year ago

From the "not too early for 2013-2014 top 25" talk...not too bad considering how much we're losing, but #12 in USA Today's rankings (extremely high IMHO) and #20 in ESPN's rankings (maybe about right...still maybe a little too high).

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Ryan Zimmerman 1 year ago

McLemore had the prettiest shot in college basketball I've ever seen... along with Downtown Terry Brown;) Seriously though, Ben is off to the NBA. Regardless if he went to class, or not to class... hell he has a month left of an education- might as well use it

I think it's going to be mainly based on his family situation. If he stays, that's just one more year he can't take care of his family.

Regardless of a championship or inbound class, family is what's going to take him to the NBA this year.

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HypedJhawk4ever 1 year ago

Press conference usually means -Thanks for the Memories Kansas-Im taking the next step in my journey in life- Im heading to the NBA. With Rio gone, do we really think we really have a chance to get Wiggins? Please spare me. I will wear a dress to work if Wiggins chooses KU. Thanks to Ben for his legacy he will leave behind at KU. So who are these other players Self thinks he is going to sign?

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jaybate 1 year ago

PART 4

But even most Top Ten teams don't have a Jeff Withey. They have a lot of L&As though. And do if you channel the opponent into two ten minute stretches of pressing basketball with all those guys, then you can basically crush teams down both stretches and the first half really just becomes a practice half for the second ten minutes of the second half.

Pitino has been trying to perfect pressing for six years now. Early on he tried to press the full game. Then he tried to press high intensity intermittently. Now finally, he has discovered the magic formula.

First Ten Minutes: intermittent low intensity pressing Second Ten Minutes: intermittent high intensity pressing Third Ten Minutes: intermittent low intensity pressing Fourth Ten Minutes: high intensity pressing until they crack

This is a major coaching break through that Slick Rick has made.

Self will almost certainly emulate it, since he was already playing it the first half of the season.

Dr. Hudy, please do some more research into cardio vascular fitness, if you would, please. The boys are going to need it.

One last comment about the UM-Louisville game: Trey Burke is a great, great competitor. He appeared to be the only guy on either team that had the stuff of a Bill Self player. Like Tyshawn Taylor last year, he finally ran into a team with simply too many weapons, but man did he play hard and smart and courageously. I almost never say this about other players on other teams, no matter how great they may be.

I wish Trey Burke had been a Jayhawk.

Rock Chalk!!!

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jaybate 1 year ago

PART 3

Why do I say this?

Because the second half Beilein made the adjustment he was supposed to make. UM came out gunning and did okay the first ten minutes. But anytime Louisville went press the second half, UM promptly drove the paint or worked it inside and so hung in with the terrific Louisville press most of the first half. If UM had done the same thing the first half when it held a 12 point lead, it would almost certainly have gone into half at least 6-8 points up. That in turn would likely have forced Louisville to press from the beginning, to close that gap, or fall down 15 points with 10 to go in the second half. Either way, UM's performance in the second half would given them a slim lead at the end. Had Louisville tried to press from the beginning of the second half, then it would have been too tired to press effectively the last ten minutes. Conversely, had it fallen behind 15 with ten to go, UM was plenty good enough in its Princeton sets to have ground Louisville down and won at the wire. Beilein is a fine coach. As his career at UM unfolds he will increasingly be recognized as one of the best. But he made a major tactical error the first half and it cost his team and himself a national championship. He will learn this lesson, as surely as Self will learn the lesson of KU vs. UM; i.e., he must substitute the score down at the stretch even when seniors have to come out. ALWAYS...SUBSTITUTE...THE...SCORE...AT...CRUNCH...TIME. Things are happening too fast at crunch time to figure out how to help any player, senior or otherwise, unsnag their game. The guys that can play at crunch time play, even if they don't pass the eye test, even if they are freshman, even if Self doesn't like how they play. The movement of the score is the litmus test of function in any competitive game. But I digress on Bill and must get back to the UM-Louisville game.

The point to take home with you about Pitino and his press is this: Pittino has figured out a way to use m2m pressing the same way John Wooden used the 2-2-1 press. The first ten minutes of a game the press is used in weak form to set the tone of the game--to channel the game toward the last ten minutes of each half, wherein the opponent will contend with a withering, balls to the walls amount of pressure. This forces the opponent into thinking about the press from the opening tip off without having to actually burn up the entire energy budget trying to press an entire game. The press becomes the means to squeeze tempo up and to slow tempo down; i.e., to constantly keep the opponent from getting too comfortable, or in a groove. Self did this early in KU's season, but decided to abandon doing it, apparently because he decided that he wasn't going to have enough adequate depth to pull it off. Or maybe Self just decided that KU's real MUA was Jeff altering and blocking in half court sets, and so decided to abandon the intermittent pressing, to draw the opponent into Jeff ASAP.

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jaybate 1 year ago

PART 2

The thing I liked best about Louisville's stable of L&As in the front court was that though none of them seemed particularly gifted offensively, each one of them seemed to have been taught and to have mastered at least one offensive move. I much prefer this approach to Self's approach of giving some guys guns, and other guys nothing. This is what I would take away from the Louisville champions, if I were Bill Self. And I believe he will. Every big that comes on the floor must have at least one offensive move and he should use it, when it is open. Self's approach yields higher shooting percentages perhaps, but it makes his teams less consistently dangerous. Basically, UM had to guard everyone on Louisville, and they didn't have to guard everyone on KU. Most of Louisville's bigs frankly looked no more natural on offense than Jamari Traylor, and about as athletic (though longer than Jam Tray), but they each had one gun, one move, the opponent had to guard. If you stop and think about it, that stretches a defense inward just as much as trey shooters stretch a defense outward. It is the new future of offensive basketball. Everyone must have a move.

There is another lesson to be learned from the Louisville champions. Those that argue that full court pressing is a gimmick are now officially living in the past. Rick Pitino has shown the world how to full court press. The first ten minutes of each half you show it intermittently in a low intensity form to give your defenders a chance to get comfortable with the tendencies of the individual offensive players and with the tendencies of the offensive team's approach to breaking the press. The first 10 minutes are a feeling out period, like a heavy weight fighter taking the measure of an opponent. A smart opposing coach like Beilein told his guys to strike hard and fast the first ten minutes of each half to build a lead in preparation for Louisville's sweltering full court press with high intensity. Each time UM succeeded in building that lead. But each time, when the Louisville high intensity press was turned on, the UM offense based on 3pt shooting ground to a halt. Why? Because the UM shooters had tired themselves out building the lead; then when the press came on strong, the shooters legs quickly tired and UM's trey shooters started missing. The last ten minutes of the first half Beilein had UM keep trying to play its regular offense, and so blew their big lead. The minute a team full court presses, the offensive team must stop trey shooting and start driving and scoring inside. They must pick up fouls to create breaks in play and to make three point plays out of buckets and a free throw. Beilein's first half goof cost his team a national championship the second half.

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jaybate 1 year ago

"AFTER THE UM-LOUISVILLE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME"

PART 1

Found myself rooting strong for UM last night vs. Louisville...to no avail. Louisville was just stacked too deep with talent. Louisville beat UM without one of Louisville's good players. Inference: Louisville would have cleaned UM's clock had Louisville been at full strength.

Surprisingly, it was not a hideously dirty game. The refs let a lot contact go on, but it was as if both teams were told that since both teams were among those LARGE MARKET TEAMS permitted TO REACH THE FINALS, then Cheap Shotting in the main event would not be allowed. I didn't see one face rake by a Louisville player. Not one punch in the mouth of a player on his way to the floor by a Louisville player. Compared to the way Louisville played its semi final game, it was like watching a YMCA team play 20 years ago.

UM played surprisingly cleanly also...for a Big Ten team. Of course McGrary was banging and muscling inside and their perimeter defense depended on shouldering, of course, but all in all they played at least as cleanly as Self's teams do.

What stood out the most about both teams were the number of guys on both teams that wouldn't pass the eye test of KU fans. UM played Albrecht, Stauskas and one more guy that would quickly be given the Brady Morningstar treatment at KU.

And OMG Louisville had Luke Hancock, who looks more like an obstetrics intern than a D1 basketball player. But man could that Hancock launch...and guard...and play!!!

So: it seems that the guys that can't pass the eye tests are starting to proliferate among winning D1 teams and that perhaps the eye test needs to be changed.

Next, both teams had guys that did pass the eye test, but Louisville seemed to have an almost endless number of them. Louisville had so many it could win with one eye test passer on crutches. Really, I haven't seen that many eye test passers in the front court since Cal used to play ineligible guys at Memphis. This Louisville team seemed a carbon copy in fact of all of Cal's pre Derek Rose Memphis teams. It was really an impressive stream of L&As.

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texashawk10 1 year ago

I posted this yesterday, but it's something that I believe bears repeating. Ben McLemore's success at the NBA level is dependent upon Ben McLemore. Players who succeed at the NBA level succeed because of their own self motivation and drive to keep working on their game and fixing the weaknesses in their game. If Ben McLemore puts in the time and effort, which he can do exclusively in the NBA, to work on his game and make his hands better along with other areas of his game that are a weakness, then he can get a max contract on his second contract or be an impact player on an NBA title contender. If Ben McLemore doesn't have the self motivation and drive to work on his game, he will be a flame out, but that's true for any player in the NBA and not just incoming rookies..

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Kye Clark 1 year ago

Take this for what it's worth (not much), but my younger brother hangs out partying in Lawrence often and he said the word is that Ben's coming back, and he informed Self of this fact before the tournament. Me and my brother both sort of scoffed at this, but it did open up a small seed of doubt within me, as I had previously considered him a 100% lock to declare for the draft.

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jgkojak 1 year ago

This is interesting D.J. Haley, 7-0, Jr., VCU

Unless he's a headcase, let Self at him for 3 years

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sunbake 1 year ago

Self just keeps digging himself a deeper hole. Great game last night watching true players and coaches duke it out. One of the best for a long time. Mich. had 5 freshman on the floor at one time. That there tells that they have a heck of a coach and recruiter.Watchout for Mich. in the next years.Better then 3 seniors, a 5th year senior and a overrated player. Louisville wins it all, what a great ending. Wichita ST. loses to the top basketball team and it was a close game to the end. The whole state of Kansas is proud of Wichita ST. which put the state on the map as a basketball state. When the state of Kansas is mentioned, it is Wichita ST. was the basketball school in Kansas.

Rio, you probably have made the best decision that you will ever make by leaving. Great things are waiting for. Zack Peters knew that other things waited for him at a different place. Rio, you will greatly be missed. You will be headed to a top program out west. People in Kansas are not happy with the way this Rio thing is going down.

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Ichabodhawk 1 year ago

I thought I read somewhere Ben was going to class after the Michigan loss. If this is true maybe he is trying to remain eligible for next year. No need to go to class if you're going to go pro. I know you can't read much into it. I hope he goes but I could see him stay. He seemed to absolutely love college and KU and you can't put a price on that. You only get to play college ball once. Could go either way I think today.

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BPSkelly 1 year ago

He's going to be a top 5 pick and his family is statistically impoverished. There's no real decision to be made. Odds are even a worst case scenario he'll get a 2nd NBA contract after the rookie one. If he's reasonably productive at all -- and im betting he will be -- he's going to hit the jackpot on the 2nd one to.

"Blame it on Rio" wont end up at a Pac-12 school. I've heard Gonzaga bantied about, which makes some sense. I just dont think the kid is nearly as good as he was hyped out of high school. If he was, there was every opportunity to get minutes this year -- and even more next year. It became apparent to Rio at some point (likely when he turned into Twitter King) that he was buried on the bench. If he didnt think he could crack the rotation next year, he is doing the best thing by moving on. My guess is Self felt the same way... which is why the 2nd meeting was more like... "No Rio... your are leaving."

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joeloveshawks 1 year ago

Hate to see B Mac go but it is the right thing to do for him and his family. It was great watching him as a fan.

Anyone have any insider info on Wiggins? I was just on an ESPN blog that had KU ranked as #20 in the country for next year and a lot of the people posting comments were saying Wiggins is rumored to be coming to KU. Obviously I assume these are ill informed rumors. Any thoughts?

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midwest_muser 1 year ago

Any chance Zach Peters is recovered? Who are the best targets as a transfer? Who are the Kevin Young and Rotnei Clarkes out there?

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Tony Bandle 1 year ago

Ben...you need to do the hat thing..with all the NBA Lottery Teams and let them know which one you want to be with!!!

THAT WOULD BE HILARIOUS!!!

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Mark Lindrud 1 year ago

Ben turned out better than we could've hoped and if he wasn't redshirted he would've been here two years then gone, instead we saw him for one great year. His family needs him to go pro and I think he's ready. He's a quality young man who's game reminds me of Ray Allen. An unselfish player, with a great shot. He needs to improve his ball handling, but gets got heart. Rio, good luck, hope you improve as a player and I don't wish him ill will. It wasn't the right fit and that happens.

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jay_cheese 1 year ago

Good luck to Ben. Thanks for all of your hard work on and off the court. I look forward to watching your pro career.

Rio, dude, you were history the minute you thought you could call your own shots in public on playing at KU. Very poor form...still wish you the best and hope you find a good fit.

When you pay a guy 5 mil to run a program, he's going to run it. With the results he's had you'll get no questions whatsoever. Rockchalk

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MinorThreat 1 year ago

Realistically he's gone, but there have been several great players choose to stick around one more year for a championship. Fact.

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shinguard 1 year ago

It seems like an easy decision for Ben. Simply, next years draft will be much more stacked than this year. I doubt Ben would go in the top 5 if he were to wait until net year. Yes, there are parts of his game he can improve upon on (consistency/creating his own shot off the dribble/being a defensive stopper etc). Ben, is they kind of guy who can learn and continue to develop in NBA. He needs the money! Think about it right now he could make enough money in the next 3 years to have him set for life as long as he manages it appropriately.

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Adam Gerval 1 year ago

Goodbye, Ben. I love you...(starts crying)

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KemDooKU 1 year ago

Maybe I am alone but I will be upset if Ben comes back - if he stays he may not even go in the top five next year - They are comparing Wiggins to King James so Wiggins should have the one spot locked up next year and Randle will go two - so staying only hurts his draft status - Go now and don't look back - it's a weak draft so no better time to jump - and all you boobs who think he should stay are just being selfish -

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Ryan Zimmerman 1 year ago

Good luck in the NBA, BMC... You're a rare talent with crazy potential.

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jaybate 1 year ago

Self's not a kid anymore. Rio's going to be a handful for another two years before he blossoms into a terrific player that he likely will become. As Clint Eastwood said through the character of Dirty Harry in Magnum Force, "A man's got to know his limitations." Bill is showing that he knows his own. Good for Bill. Now Anrio just needs Lorenzo Romar, a guy with a pretty good reputation for looking after players, to step up and take on the challenge of Anrio Adams, and this could have a very happy ending for Anrio. And some day, when Anrio is squared away, he very well might become one of those persons that then helps another young person struggle through the thicket of youth. This is what helping others can do for the world. It could all go wrong. Nothing is written. But Self has taken a difficult step here to make sure that Rio has the best chance of it working out well. And it probably wasn't an easy step to take. Self will take a lot of heat from fans, if he drops to 20 wins because he didn't have a 2 guard far enough along the development cycle to get the team at least to 25 wins. Rock Chalk, Bill. I know that loss to Michigan stung like hell, and the sharks are always swimming round the life boat, but you've helped a lot of coaches and players the last 4 years that i know of, and what goes around really does come around eventually. Hang in, Coach Self. 50 can be a bitch! But you're almost through it.

Ad astra per aspera!

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jaybate 1 year ago

~Self now shows mastery of "counter-recruiting." First he persuades Rio to come. Now he persuades Rio to go.

~Self has signalled that Rio needs to be closer to home. Translation: Rio has some issues that would be stabilized with his folks in his life on a regular basis. Calling Lorenzo Romar! Frankly, Self deserves a flipping medal for this decision. Self needs a good guard prospect for sure to round out next year's team. Rio was a bird in the hand. Self has to know he could come up empty handed on the recruiting trail this time of year. If no Wiggy, then Self is probably looking at the guard equivalent of a Kevin Young first season (best case), or a Landen Lucas (mid case), or a Merv Lindsey (worst case). Self's assessment that Rio needs to play, and needs to get on with it, does recognize what is best for Rio, probably at Self's expense. Self could easily have shined Rio on and said, "Sure, come back next year. We've got some minutes." But if Wiggins shows, then there is zip. And if Frank, or Conner, can play, then Self is going to want to go younger--other things equal. Rio's problems of fit with KU's evolving roster (independent of any personal issues Rio may, or may not, have) are: Frank is probably a better PG prospect out of the box, than Rio, and Conner apparently has an insane rifle, so as a defense stretcher, Conner is going to get serious looks, if he can at least guard his own shadow. Rio seems an exceptional prospect that could play some anywhere, and a lot some places. UWash seems a perfect fit for him. Romar is a fixture now at UWash and could be the steadying influence Rio will need where ever he goes. A redshirt year without his parents near would probably find him on Twitter 24/7. A depressurized year at UWash, constant contact from his parents, familiar surroundings, and Romar being sure to stay put to work with him through the next 4 years seems a perfect fit for Rio. No doubt Rio's heart was in staying at KU finally. But Self was looking down the road and seeing he could probably land a guy as good or better than Rio each of the next two years and this would mean that a kid struggling with adjustment issues to living on his own, would be far from home, playing about half as much as he would elsewhere, and probably not being happy for at least two years or so.

And as for Self, he is 50. He's earned the right not to have to put up with a kid struggling to find his way in a way that has probably been disruptive (and probably will be some more), even if Rio could mean the difference between a 27 win season and a 22 win season next year. Self has to have decided, after how much Self appeared to struggle with his own midlife issues (and, no, I am not talking about any rumors, just about the wringer that is turning 50), that even he has limits to how much he can cope with. Looking from afar, it seems Bill Self made another difficult decision the best it could be made.

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Ron Franklin 1 year ago

Gary successfully tricked some of us with his pseudo play on words, but Krugs pic says it all.

McLemore is waving ' bye, bye'.

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Kip_McSmithers 1 year ago

Anyone else think about what might have been for the Big12 last night?? My wife asked me during the Championship game why didn't the Big12 add Louisville instead of WVU or TCU. She said they'd just won the Sugar Bowl over Florida. Their men's and women's teams are both playing for the NC. Plus it's closer than WVU. She knows that WVU is decent in basketball and football but still thinks that close proximity with just as good at the time (and obvious to us all now much better sports) should have won out.

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REHawk 1 year ago

Gotta appreciate Ben's mom and family for eventually supporting his decision to come to KU. Lawrence is twice as far from their St. Louis home as Columbia, where his family might have had more access to watching him play. Ben has been a rare jewel in the recruiting annals of Bill Self's 1-year players. Ironically, for learning and maturity purposes, the year of ineligibility worked well for Ben's development. A nice humble player who represented the program well, adjusted remarkably to starting with 4 experienced seniors, and looks to be a top 3 selection in this year's NBA draft. Would love to have him back, but I see no way that he can afford not to grab the brass ring while his body is still intact and his potential is so attractive. Sayonara...and best of all good things to him in his dealing with the riches and limelight soon to be his professional burden.

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Adam Collins 1 year ago

When I read this headline in my head, I blurred together "decides" and "today" into "Decides to stay." I wish my inability to read could translate into real world results.

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pepper_bar 1 year ago

"X is a goner" usually means the person has died.

"Ben McLemore decides today"? The fact he is announcing today doesn't mean he's deciding today. The decision was likely made days if not months ago.

Clean it up, Journal-World.

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bennybob 1 year ago

Everybody remember Josh Selby?

Did he have a press conference to announce he was leaving or did he just go silently into the second round?

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Matt Gauntt 1 year ago

Hope Ben stays for another year. One only needs to look at the career of Selby and Henry to see that they have effectively been busts heading out after one year.

The team we have coming back next year will be pretty darned good: Ellis, Tharpe, Traylor and one of the best recruiting classes in the country. Add McLemore to that and we can compete.

If Ben does leave - best of luck to you and thanks for the memories.

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tis4tim 1 year ago

With the first pick in the 2013 NBA draft, the Charlotte Bobcats select ...

Those words should strike fear into the heart of any draftees. Enough for Ben to give serious thought to returning for another campaign? Perhaps. Will he stay? Doubtful. And rightfully so as his family situation is well-chronicled. Good luck, Ben, whatever you decide. It has been a joy to watch you play and I hope you can now carve out the life you've always dreamed about.

Rock Chalk!

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LSHawk 1 year ago

Also a bit curious as to why would Ben schedule a news conference to announce something everyone expects, wouldnt he just put it out there?? Makes me hope he stay's 1 more year.

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LSHawk 1 year ago

I wonder if HCBS will be dipping into the JUCO ranks to find his "impact" players?

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nuleafjhawk 1 year ago

Ben McLemore is the kind of player that I dream about playing at KU. Humble, unbelievably athletic, a gifted shooter (including, maybe most importantly, free throws), coachable and an all around nice young man who "keeps his nose clean" and doesn't embarrass himself or the University.

I HATE the NBA.

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juke4jay 1 year ago

Best wishes Ben, thanks for your great time at KU and the fun season this year! We expect biiiiiiig things from you in the NBA!

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Ron Franklin 1 year ago

No glasses. No coffee. I could have sworn that said "Ben McLemore decides to stay"

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TXChalker 1 year ago

Will the news conference with Ben be broadcast live here?

Thanks for the memories Ben!

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JakeBarnes 1 year ago

"joining Xavier Henry and Josh Selby" If Ben goes, and more and more it looks like he is leaving, he better hope he doesn't join them. I guess if you suffered his poverty and a million bucks dangle before you, you'. So, if you go, Good Luck. I hope you make it big. I hope you are another Jo Jo White or Paul Pierce, or even greater.

P.S. I still think it is a mistake. I hope I am 100 percent wrong.

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Jim Erickson 1 year ago

There must be more to the Rio Adams story than a twitter rant... Much more.

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Phil Leister 1 year ago

I know Ben's technically a freshman, but he's been here two seasons. I can't put him in the same category as X and Selby, cause he's been in Self's system for two years.

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RokChlk 1 year ago

I'm guessing the other one comes from Milton Doyle, after he left we never filled his schollie.

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RJ King 1 year ago

Gettin' Wiggy wid it, would help ease the pain of losing Gettin' Withey wid it.

The Circle of Life spins on.

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jhawkrulz 1 year ago

I'm not sure if I understand the scholarships left. 4 seniors - EJ, Rele, Withey, KY. 1 Transfer - Anrio 1 NBA Lottery Pick - Ben I'm guessing that Wesley goes back to a walk on.

This leaves 7 and we have signed 5 players?

I guess I count 2 scholarships potentially available, what am I missing?

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trustyourSelf 1 year ago

Does anyone have any inside info on who else we might be looking at for next year?

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MountOreadCalifornia 1 year ago

Frankamp may have enticed ole Wiggy with some dazzling 3 point silk in the shoot out... Smooth!

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MinorThreat 1 year ago

Selden pulling in Wiggins would be alright.

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