Lawrence, KS (Sports Network) - Ben McLemore's career at Kansas will last only
one season, as the star guard officially announced his intention to enter the
2013 NBA Draft during a Tuesday press conference.
The move isn't unexpected, as McLemore is considered to be a potential top-
five overall selection by the majority of scouting services and may in the mix
for the No. 1 overall pick.
"I want to thank my teammates a lot for supporting me and always pushing me
each and every day at practice," McLemore said. "I love those guys. It was
great playing with those guys. I want to thank my family and the coaching
staff, too, but most of all I want to thank the KU fans. Without the KU fans,
Kansas wouldn't be like this. The KU fans are great and I'd like to thank them
a lot for cheering me on and cheering this whole program on."
After redshirting the 2011-12 campaign, McLemore led the Big 12 champion
Jayhawks in scoring (15.9 ppg) and shot 42 percent (73-of-174) from 3-point
range. The 6-foot-5 standout also topped the conference in free throw
percentage (87.0) while shattering KU legend Danny Manning's school scoring
record for a freshman.
For his efforts, McLemore was a consensus second team All-America honoree and
was named to the Big 12 first team.
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