Kansas guard Ben McLemore (23) rebounds against Kansas State guard Martavious Irving (3) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Lawrence, Kan., Monday, Feb. 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
April 1, 2013
LOS ANGELES - Kansas redshirt freshman guard Ben McLemore was named to the 10-member John R. Wooden Award All-American Team announced Monday by the Los Angeles Athletic Club.
An All-Big 12 First Team selection, McLemore led Kansas in scoring in 2012-13 at 15.9 points per game, which broke the KU freshman record of 14.6 ppg average by Jayhawk legend Danny Manning in 1985. A 6-foot-5 St. Louis, Mo., native, McLemore's 589 points and his 87.0 free throw percentage also broke KU freshman marks. During the 2012-13 season, McLemore was a three-time Big 12 Rookie of the Week and one-time league player of the week this season and had 10 games of 20 points or more, including three 30-point efforts. His 36-point effort against West Virginia (3/2) broke the KU freshman single-game scoring record.
Historically, this is the fourth-straight season and seventh time in the Bill Self era that a Jayhawk has been selected to the John R. Wooden Award All-American Team. McLemore marks the 13th overall KU player named to the team, which started in 1977. Manning was a two-time honoree in 1986 and 1988 and won the John R. Wooden Player of the Year Award in 1988.
The John R. Wooden Award Men's Player of the Year presented by Wendy's will be announced on ESPN during the Final Four Weekend in Atlanta. The 2013 Wooden Award Gala presented by Wendy's will take place April 11-13, 2013, at The Los Angeles Athletic Club. The gala will honor the men's and women's Wooden Award winners, All-Americans and the Legends of Coaching Award winner, Kansas head coach Bill Self.
For a complete list of the 2013 John R. Wooden Award All-American Teams, go to www.WoodenAward.com.
Ben McLemore 2012-13 Postseason Accolades
-John R. Wooden Award All-American
-NABC All-America Second Team
-Lute Olson All-America Team
-USBWA All-America Second Team
-USBWA Freshman All-America
-Third Team All-America by Sporting News
-All-Big 12 First Team (Big 12, AP)
-Big 12 All-Rookie Team
-Wooden Award Final Ballot
-Phillips 66 Big 12 Rookie of the Week (3/4)
-USBWA Oscar Robertson Player of the Year Finalist (1 of 14)
-USBWA Wayman Tisdale Freshman of the Year Finalist (1 of 8)
-Naismith Award Top 30 Candidate
-Phillips 66 Big 12 Rookie of the Week (1/21)
-Sporting News Mid-Season All-American
-Phillips 66 Big 12 Player of the Week (1/14)
-Phillips 66 Big 12 Rookie of the Week (12/24)
-CBE Hall of Fame Classic All-Tournament Team