Orlando Magic coach Jacque Vaughn was once a guard who came out of Kansas and built a solid, if unspectacular, 12-year playing career in the NBA. If anyone in next week’s draft is regarded as the surest thing to making a far more splashy impact right away, it’s a player at the same position from the same school -- Ben McLemore. Jayhawks coach Bill Self, while not quite the most unbiased of sources, has described his former 6-foot-5 shooting guard as "the most talented kid I have ever worked with." Many talent scouts have compared McLemore’s style of play to that of the Miami Heat’s Ray Allen, who demonstrated in the fourth quarter of Game 5 of the NBA Finals that he still has a deadly 3-point shooting touch. McLemore was in Orlando last week for another meeting with the Magic, who hold the rights to the No. 2 pick. Vaughn and general manager Rob Hennigan, among others, had a 30-minute session with him last month in Chicago at the league’s draft combine. "I think I can bring a lot to the table with a lot of teams," McLemore told the Associated Press after a recent workout for the Phoenix Suns, the only other team to have brought him in thus far. "Right now I'm just working on my game, getting prepared for the next level." Given the concerns over the slender build and surgically-repaired left knee of Kentucky center Nerlens Noel, there has been talk that the Cleveland Cavaliers could make McLemore the first Kansas player chosen with the top selection since Danny Manning 25 years ago. But wherever he ends up, he’ll need to erase some doubts lingering over him.
Would Ben McLemore fit bill at shooting guard for Magic?
Fox Sports Florida | Jun 21