Monday, April 8, 2013

KU guard Ben McLemore sets press conference for 2:30 p.m. Tuesday

Kansas guard Ben McLemore puts up a three against Texas Tech during the first half of the second round of the Big 12 tournament on Thursday, March 14, 2013 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri.

Kansas guard Ben McLemore puts up a three against Texas Tech during the first half of the second round of the Big 12 tournament on Thursday, March 14, 2013 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri.


Kansas redshirt freshman guard Ben McLemore — along with KU coach Bill Self — will address the media in a press conference at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.

McLemore, who has not yet made an official announcement on his future, is projected as the No. 2 pick in the 2013 NBA Draft according to


Milton Bland 9 years, 7 months ago

Best of luck Ben. The Jayhawk Nation will be following your career. Once a Jayhawk, always a Jayhawk.

Eric TheCapn 9 years, 7 months ago

It's funny how few people use the "Once a Jayhawk, always a Jayhawk" line when referring to David Padgett, JR Giddens and Rio Adams....

But yeah, BMac will be one of my few reasons to tune into the NBA once in a while. Good luck!

archercc 9 years, 7 months ago

Maybe nobody considers them real Jayhawks.

Michael Bratisax 9 years, 7 months ago

Why not archercc? Padgette was HIGHLY recruited and was Roy's top recruit in 2003. Even after Roy had left, he kept his word and came to Kansas.

Padgett wasn't a fan of Coach Self's high-low offense and wanted to play facing the basket and less post up. Can't be positive but I'm confident that this was how Roy intended him to play. Louisville was a better fit. He accumulated enough serious injuries that ended any chance of playing in the NBA but he still gave 100% at Louisville. I remember him mostly for being a tough kid with some really bad luck.

That's just me. Each case is different. What would have been the consensus if JR declared for the NBA before things blew up? He would have been told that he needed more time, as was Julian Wright who I think most people consider a Jayhawk for life.

dylans 9 years, 7 months ago

How many players is Bill going to advise go elsewhere next year? Sheesh

Sarcasm for the uninitiated.

melrank 9 years, 7 months ago

I'm going to do this for the last time and admit to missing him:


Good luck and thanks, Ben!

Alex Berger 9 years, 7 months ago

I fully realize that there is a 99.9% chance that he is leaving. But every time there is a press conference for one of our young studs I can't help but get my hopes up that he might surprise everyone...

chriz 9 years, 7 months ago

I'm with ya. Man, wouldn't that be sweet. (For us.)

frank mcguinness 9 years, 7 months ago

I don't want him to stay. His moving forward will instantly give his family more opportunities than ever before.

Justin Millsap 9 years, 7 months ago

He's gonna let Conner Frankamp have his number and switch to 45 to honor MJ when he comes back to KU next year?

Jackster 9 years, 7 months ago

BMac......feed your family and put a solid roof over their heads. You have earned it. You have been a pleasure to watch as a Jayhawk and I wish you the best. I sure hope that you will come back to Lawrence to check in and encourage the future teams (and fans) when you can! Go get 'em!!!!

Steve Jacob 9 years, 7 months ago

Top 10 pick, you leave. End of story. I see a few guys declaring for the draft and shake my head, not this one.

Kent Wells 9 years, 7 months ago

At least it isn't one of those self-indulgent hat ceremonies!

I'll miss this kid. I'm happy for him and that his personal situation is soon to be resolved.

Best of luck, Mr. McLemore

Jeff Kilgore 9 years, 7 months ago

The space he invades, he gets by on you!

Tim Parker 9 years, 7 months ago

Love the RUSH reference. Will see in KC Aug 4 for the 11th time.

Kent Wells 9 years, 7 months ago

I'm seeing them April 23 in Austin for No. 63... Perhaps I'm addicted...

SaltLakeHawk 9 years, 7 months ago

If Ben chooses not to decide, he'll still have made a choice.

David Leathers 9 years, 7 months ago

How awesome and sarcastic would it be if he had a Jayhawk hat and a Bobcats hat at the announcement tomorrow? You know, just to show some flare? BMac is going down as one of my favorite Hawks ever, but you never know, the kid could come down with a case of Joakim Noah disease over night!

squintseugene1 9 years, 7 months ago

What is Joakim Noah disease he is a really solid player in the NBA

squintseugene1 9 years, 7 months ago

Ok I thought he meant Noah wasn't any good

David Leathers 9 years, 7 months ago

I definitely don't want BMAC catching this disease...

Michael Auchard 9 years, 7 months ago

No way he gets that disease. Noah's parents were rich and (semi-)famous. B-Mac's family are unemployed and in prison. Sad as I am to see him leave, he really needs to do this for his family. I don't even want him to catch that disease.

David Leathers 9 years, 7 months ago

I agree. Noah's parents were rich, BMac is the savior for his family. No problems here with his decision to leave. That's about the only thing I agree with Coach Cal on, players leaving when they need to. If they are a one and done, and they could actually lose value by coming back then by all means, take your dough, dough-boy.

4thGenJHawk 9 years, 7 months ago

I absolutely HATE it when a kid (who has announced publicly like he loves and wishes he could stay in college) is pressured to leave for financial reasons. So incredibly selfish on his family's part.

4thGenJHawk 9 years, 7 months ago

I absolutely HATE it when a KID (who has publicly stated he loves and wishes he could stay in the college) is pressured to leave for financial reasons. Selfish of his family IMO.

texashawk10 9 years, 7 months ago

It was a pleasure to watch you wearing the Crimson and Blue Ben.

Jeff Kilgore 9 years, 7 months ago

You owe us nothing, Ben. You gave us great memories at Kansas, even if it was just one year. Good luck in the Association!

Hawkamania 9 years, 7 months ago

Kansas needs to get a superstar in the league again. Paul Pierce's time is almost up, is McLemore the next one? I hopeso.

We need some of our guys to start taking care of business in the NBA to draw attention to our program even more imo.

Ken Sedgwick 9 years, 7 months ago

Mr. Mclemore. Thank you for being a Jayhawk

Since79 9 years, 7 months ago

0,000,000 None of us would turn down this many zeros to do what we love for a living!

Thank you for everything Ben! Good luck!

kay_you 9 years, 7 months ago

Possibly riverdrifter. If the NBA drafted based soley on a players current ability he would not be a lottery pick. Fortunately for Ben the NBA drafts on players upside.

Benz Junque 9 years, 7 months ago

McLemore will be an NBA All Star in the next five years. Book it.

Adam Evans 9 years, 7 months ago

Agreed. The one and only thing he is missing is to be more aggressive. If he was as aggressive as self wanted him to be this year he would of been unanimous POY averaging better than 20.

chriz 9 years, 7 months ago

Meanwhile, this just in: riverdrifter is not remotely ready for prime time message posting.

chriz 9 years, 7 months ago

I'm sorry, I just sounded like an ass. Although I DO think he'll be more productive than you think. Look at T-Rob...he's still getting minutes, despite ineffective play, has been traded, and STILL hasn't been relegated to the D-League. And I think Ben's size fits better for his skill set than does T-Rob's. They'll teach Ben to run around the screens better, a la Ray Allen, and he'll be fine.

So to answer your question, I'm not a betting man, so no, no wager. Except pride. And if I'm wrong, I'll tell you "good job." I think. If I can remember. But I'd bet that during his first year, if he's on a 3rd rate team like you say, he'll average at least 20 minutes a game.

Bville Hawk 9 years, 7 months ago

Lottery choices seldom get sent to the D league.

Jonathan Allison 9 years, 7 months ago

except for Houston Rockets lottery choices.

Jonathan Allison 9 years, 7 months ago

Rockets fans still consider the Thunder coach a Rocket.

Lash 9 years, 7 months ago

McLemore is a class act. Enjoyed his time here and will look forward to watching his NBA career. He shouldn't feel guilty for his family"s financial situation.

Jay Willis 9 years, 7 months ago

Ben, you alone have altered my perceptions of OAD'S at Kansas. It was a pleasure to witness your skills, sense of team, and your enthusiasm for the game. As others have said please come back to visit and I hope you relish all that you have coming. Thank you for all you have contributed and will continue to contribute to Kansas by being an example of all that is still right about college athletics.

Doug Aitken 9 years, 7 months ago

He is not ready. After a year or two, he would be ready. I am sad because money is the deciding factor, and I understand why. But he could be another Paul Pierce if he was able to spend more time in college. Unfortunately, he will not be another Paul Pierce and that's a shame.

Jay Willis 9 years, 7 months ago

FOE. the ability to provide for ones family supercedes all in this case.

chriz 9 years, 7 months ago

Why in the world do people think that these guys can't develop in the NBA?! How is playing in the NBA not helpful in teaching people to play in the NBA?! Sitting in philosophy class will somehow get these kids more ready? If you were an NBA owner and just invested $30M in a player, wouldn't you do your best to make sure to develop him?

The purpose of college is to help you get a job. And this is basketball, not brain surgery. Go to the league and improve your game exponentially, Ben. Thanks for the memories.

Kent Kossoy 9 years, 7 months ago

Let's see about NBA development. Yeah worked for Josh Selby. Even Aldrich is struggling. Don't like one and dones. Hasn't been good for college basketball. But neither has the NCAA!

Alex Laughlin 9 years, 7 months ago

At this point Ben would be 47 picks higher than Selby was. I bet they would develop Ben more than him.

texashawk10 9 years, 7 months ago

Development at the NBA level is all about self motivation to get better. That's what separates the guys who become superstars from the guys who are average NBA players. LeBron James is a significantly better player today than he was as a rookie because he keeps working on the weaknesses in his game. The same goes for Kobe, Durant, Pierce, Wade, Duncan, and anybody else is or was one of the elite of the elite in the NBA. If McLemore wants to reach his full potential as an NBA player, it will all be up to him and how dedicated he is to improving the weak areas of his game like his ball handling.

Jonathan Allison 9 years, 7 months ago

exactly. Success in the NBA is all about drive. Which is why I think that Releford is going to make a nice living for himself playing basketball. It's also why Ben McLemore would be right to go to the NBA ASAP. If he wants to be the best player he can be then he needs to be running drills and working out 6 hours a day, and practicing and playing against the best competition on the planet. Oh yeah, and because Kevin Ware's foot fell off last weekend...

kay_you 9 years, 7 months ago

Don't like one and done's either but even if the NBA got rid of their rule lots of high school players would test the water by playing a year of college.

tical523 9 years, 7 months ago

Well said and can not necessarily disagree with you, but the argument is that real game time is where you truly develop and get better. Ben would play 35 minutes a game next year with just as much practice time as NBA players when considering the amount of travel and games. A lot of talented players get lost in the NBA shuffle against grown men. Also, you have to consider you make the big bucks on your second contract in the league. He has great talent and a great attitude and I'm sure everyone wishes him the best.

niemoth 9 years, 7 months ago

Nba will do more to develop a top 2 pick than a 2nd round pick, they are fine to cut a 2nd rounder making little compared to paying the kind of money that comes with a top 2 pick. Ben will be a stud.

parrothead8 9 years, 7 months ago

If guys can develop so well in the NBA...if it's so helpful to teach guys to play in the NBA...if NBA owners are so willing to develop their investments...then why does the NBA have a rule that kids have to go to one year of college?

Marcia Parsons 9 years, 7 months ago

I believe it's the NBA players that push for the one year rule, and I've never been sure why.

chriz 9 years, 7 months ago

The NBA wants guys as young as possible, but the Players Association wants a higher minimum to reduce their competition.

JayHawkFanToo 9 years, 7 months ago

Kevin Prichard, former KU player and NBA player and executive indicated in radio interview, that the NBA did not want to get burned by high school players that skipped college and then failed miserably in the NBA. They wanted a "lab" to observe these players for a year and college BBall was the perfect setting. The NBA established the rule solely for selfish purposes. This is the best explanation I have heard on the subject and Kevin Prichard was an insider in the NBA for many years, so his words carry weight.

jayhawkinnc 9 years, 7 months ago

I was there in the spring of '96 at Jacque Vaughn's press conference when he said he was staying for his senior season. I know tomorrow's presser will likely have Ben saying he's going pro, but I'm holding out hope. Doubtful though. :(

Beau Woolsey 9 years, 7 months ago

People who think he won't thrive in the league have never watched him play He could bring a team like Charlotte or orlando phoneix peremiter scoring Personally I hope he lands with the magic and that they aquire Bledsoe in free agency then that magic team could start to produce

Robert Brock 9 years, 7 months ago

He is going to announce, after having met with Coach Self, that he is transferring.

ParisHawk 9 years, 7 months ago

Then the next day he will change his mind! Good scenario!

JayHok 9 years, 7 months ago

This is a good kid who has a lot left to explore. Tomorrow he will announce he has not yet tried the pesto @ Ruby's.

LLH 9 years, 7 months ago

I'm so happy for this kid. Dude was electrifying, and oh so smooth. Vicious dunks, silky jumpers, great attitude. I had a feeling coming in that he was a one or two and done kind of talent. I really wish he got to play last year, woulda been interesting to see what that team would have done with a 3rd scorer, ah, one can always dream. Best of luck to you next year Ben. What a blessing it is to achieve your dreams. Thank you for choosing KU, thanks for the memories.

Jacob Pool 9 years, 7 months ago

BMac is a great player, however there are some major issues that need some work. First: creating for himself when not wide open off a screen; second: ball handling; I am a Huge Fan of Ben and he has the ability to be a Great player at the next level, and yeah he is a very high pick if he should choose to leave, however if he takes advantage of what KU can offer him for another year he is going to succeed and make a whole lot more money over his long lucrative NBA career.

Alex Resnik 9 years, 7 months ago

See Ray Allen... same negatives about him coming out of college... dude can still stroke it. BMac will have fun running off of screens all game long. Also see Rip Hamilton. Dude still can't create his own shot and has had an amazing career.

onetime_77 9 years, 7 months ago

I know the money looks great but I hope someone explained one important thing to Ben. You make your big money on the second contract. You make a career payday on your second contract. That rookie contract doesn't mean squat if you flame out or end up D league. You could just end up as a filler for Better to be fully prepared and maybe be a top 10 pick, than not be ready and be top 3.

texashawk10 9 years, 7 months ago

Ben's NBA career (regardless of when he declares) will be dependent on his drive and work ethic to continually get better during the season and during the offseason. That is what separates a Josh Selby from an Isaiah Thomas who was the final pick in the same draft as Selby.

David Leathers 9 years, 7 months ago

Josh Selby and Isaiah Thomas were in the same draft?

JayHawkFanToo 9 years, 7 months ago

Texashawk10 is talking about Isaiah Thomas from the University of Washington and not about Isaiah "Zeke" Thomas of Indiana and the Detroit Pistons fame.
BTW, the comparison is spot on.

anomicbomb 9 years, 7 months ago

Not that Isaiah Thomas....although the younger Isaiah Thomas we are talking about here was named after the original Isaiah Thomas, when the younger IT's dad lost a bet as a Lakers fan to a Pistons fan...

Dale Kroening 9 years, 7 months ago

One only has to look at Ware from Louisville to know Ben needs to go. Its been a pleasure to watch this great young man, good luck Ben, get yours !

David Leathers 9 years, 7 months ago

One only has to look at Ware from Louisville to know that Ben better make sure to drink his milk so his bones don't rot. That was a once in a lifetime injury that we will never see again.

Dale Kroening 9 years, 7 months ago

I agree that it was a once in a lifetime injury, but you never know what could happen if he was to come back. Dont get me wrong, Id love to see him come back, but if your a top 3 pick its a no-brainer, you enter the draft.

JayHawkFanToo 9 years, 7 months ago

I know for a fact that many players that stayed at KU instead of leaving had substantial insurance policies. All elite players carry policies that protect them from career ending injuries. In many cases the policy is structured so the athlete will pay a higher rate after he signs his first contract, so no money is exchanged until after the athlete leaves the school.

Steve Reigle 9 years, 7 months ago

McLemore is one of the few one and done's who is not full of himself, perhaps the only one I can think of, I wish this young man the best in his future, whether he goes or stays. Either way he's the kind of person we want representing the University of Kansas.

trathke 9 years, 7 months ago

Ben McLemore... "I am going to take my the NBA"

Kay Jensen 9 years, 7 months ago

Good luck, B-Mac! Thanks for the memories!!

Beau Woolsey 9 years, 7 months ago

Isaiah Thomas starting point guard for Sacramento 60th pick in 2011 nba draft

kay_you 9 years, 7 months ago

Best one and done we've had and I hope he tears up the NBA but do you really have to hold a press conference. Just announce it without the theatre.

REHawk 9 years, 7 months ago

kay_you, the curtain call for Ben's theatrical announcement goes to Kansas Hoops and Bill Self's Recruiting.

Larry Smith 9 years, 7 months ago

How in the world can you predict how he would have done if he came out early? And what is this career you speak of? He's been in the league 1 year.

Jeff Soisson 9 years, 7 months ago

Go Ben and Thank You! Take care of your family. Jayhawk Nation will always be grateful! And if you could possibly become a Miami Heat with Mario-priceless!!!

KUGirl23 9 years, 7 months ago

As much as I hate to say this, you don't usually hold a press conference to announce that you are staying. We love you Ben!! Good Luck!!

MinorThreat 9 years, 7 months ago

Unless you're Ben McLemore.

The Danny and the Miracles videos have inspired him to stick around one more year for one reason only; to win a championship.

Kent Wells 9 years, 7 months ago

At least BMac got his "One Shining Moment"

William Weissbeck 9 years, 7 months ago

The very fine line trick in this game is to either draft (OK, sign) all the McD All-Americans (as UK), or sign guys that are just below the NBA radar and stick around to develop, as for Florida's back to back years. For KU, it was the luck of a bum knee that may have gotten us a championship. The pieces were all there this year, more so than with Xavier or Josh. But if Michigan can almost do it with 4 freshman, so can we.

onceajhawkalwaysajhawk 9 years, 7 months ago

I love this guy and want the very best for HIM....Why is he suppose to make his career decisions based on his family? He is just 21 years old for crying out loud! I hope Ben does what HE wants to do and whatever that is, God's speed young man!

Cody Riedy 9 years, 7 months ago

Considering the ultimate financial fate of so many pro athletes (or literal lottery winners for that matter) and considering his family background, not only do I hope BMac has a great career, but I sincerely hope he finds a great financial planner and agent that help him handle helping his family without letting himself get sucked dry.

jgkojak 9 years, 7 months ago

He needs to go.

He owes it to his family and to himself.

He will be even a better player when all that is off his mind.

afhlover 9 years, 7 months ago

Ben's first responsibility is to develop as well as he can--NOT to his family. It's nice to know that kids feel that way, but he didn't put his brother in jail nor was he responsible for their being so many kids in the family. Sometimes there are circumstances that can't be avoided such as illness, death in the family, etc., but he needs to do what he wants to do for another year--enjoy the college experience and prepare for more success in the league..

JayHawkFanToo 9 years, 7 months ago

Very presumptuous of you deciding what Ben's priority should be, isn't it? The FOE concept that many KU players adopted is obviously lost on you.

MountOreadCalifornia 9 years, 7 months ago

Ben... the Jayhawk Nation will miss you. If you stay, however, your legacy will be magnified by your dedication and commitment to the traditions found only at KU. Say it's so Ben!!

Andy Godwin 9 years, 7 months ago

Lets face it, with all five starters gone, including two amazing defensive players in Withey and Releford, this team will struggle. The only reason KU is even listed in this poll is because of Self and how weak the Big XII was this year and likely will be next. Can Baylor overtake KU? They are the only other ranked Big XII team and are coming of their NIT dominating run. Unless something changes with an influx of Big XII ready talent or that these freshman learn to play Self's style of defense quickly (which has rarely happened), KU will be looking from the outside of the top 25 for most of the season.

Michael Luby 9 years, 7 months ago

I disagree partially AKG. Yes they will be super young and green, raw, what have you. However, we are talking about the best coach in the NCAA right now. Bill Self will have them playing to their highest level by mid season. Yes, there will be some upset losses and growing pains along the way but, make no mistake, they will be good again next year.
Besides, any poll for next season at this point is pure speculation. There is absolutely no way to tell exactly what will happen with any team next season. Case and point, Kentucky from this year. They got picked in the top 3 preseason if I'm not mistaken and what happened? They didn't even make the NCAA tournament. KU hasn't missed one in what will be 25 years.

JayHawkFanToo 9 years, 7 months ago

ak, the talk that the Big 12 was weak was hype from the East Coast press. Don't forget that KU lost 4 games in conference and ended up with the same conference record as KSU with OSU just 1 game behind and ISU was the team nobody wanted to play; if not for bogus call ISU would have beaten Ohio State. Also the conference was ranked third, only the Big 10 and the Big East were higher, and it sent 50% of its teams to the NCAA; not bad for a "weak" conference.
As far as next season, I believe OSU will be the team to beat; they will likely lose Smart and Jurick (maybe Markel Brown), but everybody else will likely come back. Also, if Kabongo comes back, Texas should be much improved and Baylor has a good class to replace the players that will be leaving on the other hand, they still have Scott Drew, so they will underachieve as usual.

Xanthe Sherman Swan 9 years, 7 months ago

I really hope he stays. Sure he has a sweet shot but can't dribble through traffic or pass the ball consistently well. He has more to learn. As for supporting his family, I get it but in this country, so terribly wrong to put that weight on a kids shoulders .

colreader 9 years, 7 months ago

Any way to watch it live/stream/free?

big_john 9 years, 7 months ago

An education must have been forgotten when attending college sports. Coaches push players out the door after one year and tell them they are the greatest. History will tell you that close to 70% will be bankrupt in ten years and no education to fall back on. At least this years class of seniors have or will graduate. One and done players are only here in hopes of the silver ring and to make the coach look brilliant if the player excels. I'll take a good education any day over a quick fortune.

Ron Franklin 9 years, 7 months ago

College is about building skills to grow your individual wealth.

Wealth of money, or wealth of knowledge.

Not everybody needs 4 years to build those skills.

You can also reference Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates on this, too.

Vincent Patterson 9 years, 7 months ago

akg, don't sleep on next year's team man. We have some very nice pieces coming in. While I look forward to Frankamp and Selden, I must say I am mostly intrigued by JoJo Embiid. Not too many 7 footers out there with that type of freakish athleticism. Between him and Lucas, we will still have our defensive presence in the paint! I only wish Manning was still here to see what he could do with him!! But for not playing but a year or so of organized ball, he looks very impressive!!! I guess modeling your game after Hakeem Olajuwon never hurts....Anyways, by the end of the year we will be a top 10 team and should make a decent run in the tourney. This is Kansas man!

Vincent Patterson 9 years, 7 months ago

BMac, go get that paper dude! You were a pleasure to watch and I wish you the best!

Ben Zeppa 9 years, 7 months ago

For the first time, I want a Hawk to leave early. He's ready and is in the position to help his family out of a pretty tough situation... it's a no-brainer! Go get your shine on in the league bro!

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