December 22, 2012; Columbus, OH, USA; Kansas Jayhawks guard Ben McLemore (23) reacts to a foul against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Value City Arena. Kansas won the game 74-66. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas Basketball: McLemore Named Big 12 Player of the Week

Kansas freshman guard Ben McLemore was named the Big 12 player of the week after leading the Jayhawks to wins over Richmond and Ohio State. The two wins improved Kansas’s record to 10-1 on the season.

The guard scored 14 points in a 87-59 win over Richmond, and followed that effort with a 22-point outburst vs Ohio State in Columbus. For the season, McLemore is averaging about 17 points per game, tops for all Big 12 conference freshmen. His points per game average, ranks second in the conference overall. McLemore shot 50 % for the week, including 56 % from behind the three-point line.

McLemore’s honor is the 23rd-time in the 17-year history of the Big 12 conference, that a Jayhawks player has won rookie player of the week.

Next up for Kansas is a game with American on Saturday in Lawrence at 7:00 central time. The game will be on Jayhawk TV. The Jayhawks follow this game with a matchup vs Temple, on Jan. 6th in Lawrence. The Big 12 conference play begins on Jan. 9th vs Iowa State.

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