According to ESPN’s Chad Ford, Kansas guard Ben McLemore has seen his stock slip during team workouts.
Ford says the Orlando Magic, who worked McLemore out one week ago, thought his “workout wasn’t terrific.”
“His lack of preparation for the draft is hurting him,” writes Ford. “Multiple sources told me that his workout in Phoenix was not impressive. McLemore, according to sources, wasn’t in shape and struggled to keep up in the workout. I heard similar things in Orlando.”
McLemore’s home and road splits throw many off. At Kansas, McLemore scored almost 200 more points and shot 51.7% from the field and 46.1% from beyond the arc compared to 44.4% from the field and 34.1% from three on the road.
McLemore has had problems off of the court as well. He was thrown out of Oak Hill Academy in high school and was arrested back in 2011 for underage possession of alcohol and failing to appear at his court date for that arrest.
“McLemore is in a tug-of-war right now between advisor Rodney Blackstock and his agency Rivals,” Ford added. “It’s kept McLemore out of the gym and, for the most part, out of workouts. How much will all of this affect the draft stock? I’m told teams are worried. But how worried? Enough for one of the most talented players in the draft to slide further? Stay tuned.”
McLemore remains projected as a top 5 pick.
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