Ben McLemore IIl Gets Contract Extension From the Sacramento Kings|
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Around the NBA, teams are looking at its expanded rosters as the preseason games have begun in earnest. Players are honing their skills and getting into basketball shape as their respective teams begin the march towards the NBA Finals to be held in June of 2016. Not only are coaches and owners looking at their team's prospects for the upcoming season, but they are also looking to lock down players they feel can contribute well into the future.
For the Sacramento Kings of the Pacific Division of the Western Conference, one of the players who have caught the team's eye is shooting guard Ben McLemore III out of the University of Kansas. General Manager and former Kings' player Vlade Divac has informed the three-year veteran that the team is picking up his contract option through the 2016-2017 season. This move is designed to assure that the team maintains good depth at the guard position and serves as a reward for a respectable 2014-2015 season.
McLemore played his first three years of high school ball in his hometown of St. Louis, Missouri. When the school was closed down, he was given the opportunity to finish his high school career at the prestigious Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Virginia. At the conclusion of his senior year, he was ranked among the top 35 recruits in the country by Rival.com.
Heavily recruited throughout the nation, McLemore selected the University of Kansas Jayhawks as his new stomping ground. After being redshirted during his first year due to eligibility problems, the young man came out in 2013 and showed the basketball world what he was made of as a player. During his only year playing at Kansas, he averaged 16.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 2.0 assists per game while shooting over 50% from the field. As a result of his superior play, he was named as a Consensus second-team All-American and a finalist for the John R. Wooden Award, which is awarded to the best college player in the land.
With nothing left to prove at the college level, McLemore headed for the 2013 draft. He was drafted by the Kings with the seventh overall pick in the draft. During his rookie season, he found plenty of playing time off the bench and finished the season having played in all 82 games while averaging 8.8 PPG. Last season, his playing time increased to just over 32 minutes per game while his average also increased to over 12.0 PPG.
After a horrible 29-53 season in 2014-2015, the Kings have made a lot of changes trying to get this team to the point of being competitive. Fans can look for McLemore's role to increase further as the team looks for consistency they need in an improving Pacific Division.
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