Posted June 18, 2013

Report: Ben McLemore appeared out of shape at NBA workouts

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Ben McLemore is projected to be a top-3 selection in the upcoming NBA Draft. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Ben McLemore is projected to be a top-3 selection in the upcoming NBA Draft. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

ESPN Insider reports Kansas shooting guard Ben McLemore showed up to recent workouts for the Suns and Magic out of shape — and it could hurt his draft status.

McLemore is widely considered a top-3 selection in the upcoming NBA Draft — SI.com’s Chris Mannix has him going No. 2 to the Magic in his latest mock draft — but the 20-year-old freshman’s maturity and off-the-court questions could take some of the shine off his unquestioned talents on the court.

From ESPN Insider:

His lack of preparation for the draft is hurting him. 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.

GLOCKNER: Can Ben McLemore develop the mindset to match his talent?

Chris Ford reports McLemore may be the victim of a behind-the-scenes power struggle with his handlers.

From ESPN Insider:

McLemore is in a tug-of-war right now between advisor Rodney Blackstock and his agency Rivals. 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.


6 comments
buffalo_markley
buffalo_markley

Ummm ... Could be b/c he's 20 yrs old? How many of us @ 20 took every job interview seriously? I'd mess up the Phoenix workout too, who'd want to play there? Hot as baIIs & bottom of the league.

K.r.Qunynghamm
K.r.Qunynghamm

Maybe he just realizes he isn't mentally ready for the NBA. A lot of guys aren't and end up in the D-League or out of the pros in under 3 years. He needs to figure it out now, while there's still time. Once you get drafted and your work ethic.dedication is questioned, it's too late.

georgelosangeles
georgelosangeles

Rodney Blackstock is manipulating an innocent kid - he should probably mind his business and stay out of Ben's way. If you google Blackstock you can probably get an idea of what his shadiness is all about. 

OK
OK

Another AAU Punk.

Too much coddling. No fundamentals. All ESPN SportsCenter and no solid game.

jamsub
jamsub

If your agent thinks its in your best interest to stay out of the gym prior to workouts with teams then you may want a new agent. 

I understand avoiding injury but you need to show some drive and dedication to your craft.

HawkSquawker
HawkSquawker

Kid is a 40, 50, 90 guy with perfect form...you are nuts.