Mar 16, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas Jayhawks guard Ben McLemore (23) drives to the basket against the Kansas State Wildcats in the second half during the championship game of the Big 12 tournament at the Sprint Center. Kansas defeated Kansas State 70-54. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Draft 2013: Ben McLemore Scouting Report

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Overview of college performance:

Overall, Ben’s performance at Kansas was very well received. His scoring and shooting ability were about the best in the nation last season. He at times would struggle and fade into the background due to the strength of the Jayhawks team all-around, but mostly his play was very elite.

Biggest strength:

McLemore’s top strength is his shot. The guy has a very pure shot.

Biggest weakness: 

Top weakness is the guard’s lack consistent play. At times last season he would have the tendency to become invisible. Though this should change with added game-play.

Skill that best translates to the pro game:

Again, McLemore’s ability to shoot the ball best transcends to the NBA game. His shot has been compared to Ray Allen which is a very good match.

What type of player will he be at the next level:

I feel McLemore has the talent and potential to be an All-Star in the league within three years. If he continues to develop then anything can happen with the guard.

Is he an immediate contributor?

McLemore is an immediate contributor. He can start right away and put up big numbers for all of the teams in the lottery.

Where is his best fit in the NBA?

His best fit would be Orlando or Washington of the top three teams, though Cleveland can use a big guard like McLemore opposite Kyrie Irving to propel them to a playoff-caliber team.

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