Jayhawks’ Ben McLemore declares for NBA draft

LAWRENCE, Kansas (AP) – Kansas guard Ben McLemore is entering the NBA draft after arguably the most successful freshman season in school history.

The 6-foot-6 star from St. Louis broke Danny Manning’s freshman scoring record by averaging nearly 16 points, and helped Kansas win a share of its ninth straight Big 12 title.

McLemore, a second-team All-American, announced his intentions while accompanied by Jayhawks coach Bill Self during a news conference Tuesday at Allen Fieldhouse.

Expected to be a lottery pick in June’s draft, McLemore is the third Kansas freshman coached by Self to leave school early. Xavier Henry was picked 12th overall by Memphis in 2010, and Josh Selby was a late second-round selection of the Grizzlies the following year.

 

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