Get to know more about Sacramento’s first-round pick – both on and off the court – by checking out links to feature stories, videos and interviews.
Kings draftee Ben McLemore flourished during a standout campaign at Kansas, earning Consensus Second Team All-America honors and an All-Big 12 First Team nod by coaches and media. The 6-foot-5 guard set KU freshman records in scoring (15.9 points per game) and free-throw percentage (87 percent), while helping lead the Jayhawks to the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16.
Off the court, the Missouri native has defied the odds and preserved in the face of trying obstacles, serving as a role model and inspiration to family members, teammates and countless fans.
Explore the following links to gain insight into No. 16’s background, journey to the NBA and on-court accomplishments.
USA Today: Kansas’ Ben McLemore fights through poverty to NCAA’s center stage – Coming from humble beginnings, the 20-year-old has put himself in position to succeed.
NBA.com Video: NBA Rooks: Ben McLemore – McLemore shows where he grew up in Wellston, Mo. and dishes on his hopes as he heads into the 2013 NBA Draft.
ESPN.com: McLemore Tops 2013 Draft Class: Find out why advanced analytical data shows McLemore may be the top prospect in the 2013 NBA Draft.
ESPN Video: TrueHoop TV With Ben McLemore – The Kings guard dishes on his skill set, comparisons to Ray Allen and more in an interview with ESPN’s Henry Abbott.
NBA.com Video: Ben McLemore’s Arrival – McLemore arrives in New York City two days prior to the 2013 NBA Draft.
Kings.com Video: Kings Select Ben McLemore – McLemore greets NBA Commissioner David Stern and speaks with ESPN correspondent Shane Battier.
The Kings Blog: ‘He Was Our No. 1 Choice’ – Kings Majority Owner Vivek Ranadivé, G.M. Pete D’Alessandro, Head Coach Michael Malone, Kings fans and more react to McLemore’s selection.
Kings.com Video: McLemore Answers Fan Questions – The No. 7 pick takes a timeout during Draft Night in Brooklyn to answer fans who submitted questions via Twitter.
KUSports.com: His moment of Truth? Ben McLemore goes No. 7 in NBA Draft to Sacramento Kings – Kansas Head Coach Bill Self, ESPN analyst Fran Fraschilla and more dish on McLemore’s potential.
NBA.com Video: Ben McLemore NBA TV Interview – McLemore sits down with the NBA TV crew after being selected seventh by the Sacramento Kings.
NBA.com Video: Ben McLemore Interview With Craig Sager – McLemore speaks with NBA analyst Craig Sager about joining the Kings, his upside and more.