NBA Position: SG
Hometown: St. Louis, MO
High School: Oak Hill Academy
DRAFTED NO. 7 OVERALL BY THE SACRAMENTO KINGS
Ceiling: Mitch Richmond
Basement: Brandon Rush
- Long, Strong
- Great Size For Position
- Good Shooter
- NBA 3PT Range
- Great in Transition
- Good Off-Ball Defender
- Jumps Passing Lanes
- Passive Offensively
This season has become a coming out party for the second year freshman Ben McLemore. He was a top flight recruit as a high school senior, but he had to sit out a year due to his academic ineligibility. After attending three different high schools his transcripts were not prepared enough to begin playing last season.
Practicing with the team obviously helped as he has assimilated well with the team scoring and defending with high efficiency.
As a scorer McLemore has flourished in the open court and behind the arc. To start the season he was shooting 6-25 from deep through six games, but has seemed to find his stroke now (over the past five games) shooting 14-24 since then. That threat of a three point shot adds confidence to an already talented scorer in transition and around the rim. When McLemore is scoring from three it adds different dynamics to his game.
He carries that momentum to the defensive end where he is becoming a sound off ball defender and a great lane jumping turnover creator.
Off the ball McLemore overcommits to his man, but that helps him erase that opponent from the gameplan. He does a good job shielding his man with his off arm and tracking him with his other arm. McLemore moves well from side to side, but is still jumpy, too instincual, and relies too much on being right when he jumps a pass.
When he gets his hands on the ball however McLemore can take it coast-to-coast to make an explosive play at the rim. He is one of the most explosive athletes at his position and in the class overall.
His defensive play is what makes him a top flight prospect, a potential Top 5 pick, and a young prospect with loads of potential with the polish of an older player. Right now the biggest flaw in his game is the lack of a play-making ability with the ball. It is not a skill that he is able to show within the Kansas offense, they do not showcase their wing scorers with the ball, but is a trait that will be needed at the next level to be a consistent scorer.
McLemore is an explosive athlete that can be an elite defender at the next level. He has his flaws just like every prospect at this stage and has plenty of time to work on them and turn them into strengths.