The draft stock of Kansas redshirt freshman Ben McLemore is soaring.
The 6-foot-5 McLemore went for 33 points, including a game-tying 3-pointer with 1 second left in regulation, as Kansas beat Iowa State, 97-89 in OT, at Allen Fieldhouse.
McLemore finished 6-of-6 from beyond the arc and 7-of-7 from the line. His 33 points were just two shy of the Kansas freshman single-game record set by Danny Manning.
For the season, he’s averaging 16.9 points and 5.3 rebounds and is in the mix for National Freshman of the Year honors.
DraftExpress.com has him at No. 9 on its 2013 Mock Draft.
“He’s one of the best young guys in college ball this year,” one veteran NBA scout told SNY.tv after the game. “Turns it on when the lights are the brightest, shoots it straight. He’s flying up everyone’s draft board. A must see for everyone who loves college hoops.”
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