Kansas Basketball: McLemore Remains At Top of Many Draft Boards, Plus Other Prospects

Former Kansas Jayhawks guard Ben McLemore is set to be one of the top three picks in Thursday’s NBA Draft.

At least one other Jayhawk is expected to get drafted, Jeff Withey. Elijah Johnson might get picked in the latter part of the second round.

This past week, McLemore may have seen his draft stock drop a few spots, leaving the door open for Nerlens Noel from Kentucky, Alex Len out of Maryland or Otto Porter from Georgetown to get picked first. McLemore, has arrived at workouts this past week of shape and unprepared. Cleveland, who owns the top pick along with Orlando have been reportedly shopping the pick, looking to get out of the top.

Withey, is likely to get selected in the early part of the second round. The seven-foot center has size and the ability to play great defense along with adequate offense, making him a great prospect. Withey has steadily improved each season while with Kansas as a scorer, adding to his already great reputation as an elite defender and rebounder. He set a new Kansas blocks record last season.

Johnson, looks to be on the outside of the draft as there are many guard prospects available. Johnson’s stock fell over the course of last season at Kansas. He never averaged more then 10 points while at Kansas, but comes from a winning program making him a great choice as a free agent if he doesn’t get selected.

June 23, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Kansas Jayhawks guard Elijah Johnson (15) is on the fringe of being drafted by the NBA or getting signed as a free agent. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports


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  • chiefridgy

    Nice article about Mclemore with a photo of Elijah Johnson