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Former Jayhawk Ben McLemore Earns Western Conference Rookie of the Month Honors


Former Kansas Jayhawk Shooting Guard Ben McLemore, drafted 7th overall by the Sacramento Kings, was awarded the Western Conference Rookie of the Month Award before the Kings game tonight versus Houston.

According to, McLemore has average 9.1 points per game, as well as 2.9 rebounds and 0.9 assists per contest in 14 games played. McLemore started eight of those fourteen games.

McLemore leads all Western Conference Rookies in scoring, minutes per game, three point field goal percentage, and free throw shooting percentage for the month in question. The Kings Guard averages 37.8% shooting from the field, 35% shooting from beyond the arc, and shoots 81% from the free-throw line.

Ben McLemore scored a career-high 19 points this season in a contest against the Golden State Warriors and is currently tied with Michael-Carter Williams of the Philadelphia 76ers for the most three-point field goals made by a rookie league-wide (21).

McLemore becomes the first Sacramento King to win the Rookie of the Month Award since Isaiah Thomas earned the honor back in March of 2012.

Congratulations Ben on your achievement for your excellent play the past month. It’s just the beginning, many more great things to come from this phenomenal young man.  Keep up the good work Ben!


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  • 6is9

    That’s my man. Ben McLemore will be one of the greats. The most exquisite jump shot I have ever seen. The only time I’ve ever had a physical-emotional reaction to a jump shot in fifty plus years of playing and watching basketball was a three off an absolute rocket full court baseball-style outlet pass thrown to him off a steal at the Temple end. The pass was ridiculously hard thrown. Most people could not have handled it, but it hit Ben’s hands like they were marshmallow soft.. He might have dribbled a couple of times, but when he stopped and squared up for squared up for the jumper he was just a ways in from the baseline, at about the NBA three line. There was something so graceful about his movement into and up with the shot that it stood out to me, it so happened I taped the game. When I watched it later, the shot hit me like a religious experience. I knew from that shot McLemore was a very special talent. I watched it well over fifty times before accidentally erasing it. One thing striking about the shot is that it dropped through the rim and did not so much ripple the net. I’ve never seen anything like it. Trust me people, get him comfortable, run some plays for him, let him get in a flow for now as a rookie and you’ll begin to see things you’ve never seen before, as I did the rest of the Kansas season, once that jump shot gave the eyes to see. And, by the way, he can play defense. Give him minutes, maybe he needs a couple of years to get there. He’s very young.

    • Ryan Peardon

      I agree. He’s special. Smooth jump shot, Ray Allen-like shot. Great form, smooth release. I remember the shot you’re talking about.. jaw dropping. He probably shouldn’t have even left Kansas when he did, but obviously his home life made that decision easier than it should have been. He deserves all the great things he’s gonna get because he puts the work in. One of my favorite Jayhawks of all-time if only for a year we got to see him there.