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Rio Adams a goner; Ben McLemore decides today

Kansas guard Ben McLemore waves to a face in the crowd as he and his teammates stretch prior to tipoff against North Carolina, Sunday, March 24, 2013 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.

Kansas guard Ben McLemore waves to a face in the crowd as he and his teammates stretch prior to tipoff against North Carolina, Sunday, March 24, 2013 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.

April 9, 2013

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One Kansas University freshman basketball player — reserve Rio Adams — officially exited KU’s program Monday.

Today, another Jayhawk freshman — second-team All-American Ben McLemore, who is projected to be the No. 1 pick in the 2013 NBA Draft by NBAdraft.net and the No. 2 selection by Draftexpress.com — will announce his future plans at a 2:30 p.m. news conference in Allen Fieldhouse. McLemore, who set KU’s all-time freshman scoring record (15.9 ppg), is expected to become the third KU freshman in the Bill Self era to leave for the pros after one season, joining Xavier Henry and Josh Selby.

Self announced Monday that Adams, who asked for and received his release from his scholarship agreement last week but had second thoughts, definitely would be leaving the team.

“We met again and talked about it. We both came to the same conclusion: that it would be in his best interest to pursue other options, get off to a fresh start and impact another program,” Self told the Journal-World.

Self also released a statement through KU on the matter.

“Anrio and I met today and discussed his feelings and how they have apparently changed. We discussed everything and talked openly,” Self said. “Together we’ve come to the conclusion that it is in his best interest to pursue other opportunities and go to a place where he has the chance to really impact a program and, preferably, a school that is closer to home. This will allow him to red-shirt and have another year to work toward graduating.”

Adams confirmed his decision to transfer on Twitter through his @AnrioAdams account.

“Nothin but positives from here on out ... This will only make me stronger,” he tweeted.

If McLemore declares for the draft today, that would give KU three available scholarships for next season. The Jayhawks already have signed No. 25 (by Rivals.com) Brannen Greene, 6-7 small forward, Tift County High, Tifton, Ga.; No. 26 Wayne Selden, 6-5 shooting guard, Tilton (N.H.) School; No. 31 Conner Frankamp, 6-foot combo guard, Wichita North; No. 37-ranked Joel Embiid, 7-foot center, Rock School, Gainesville, Fla.; and No. 134 Frank Mason, 5-11 point guard, Massanutten Military Academy, Woodstock, Va. KU is still in the running for No. 1-ranked Andrew Wiggins, 6-7 forward from Huntington (W.Va.) Prep, who is considering KU, Kentucky, North Carolina and Florida State.

Self told the Journal-World the Jayhawks are still pursuing players and looking for “immediate impact” on the recruiting trail.

“We could probably sign a couple more,” he said.

Wiggins and Selden were teammates in last week’s McDonald’s All-America game in Chicago. Wiggins told Boston.com that Selden was “a joy to play with.”

Comments

Robert Rauktis 1 year ago

There's no guarantee that hanging around college ball, you get better. I remember a guy named Keith Langford whose draft status probably dipped with more uni time. Exposure under the big lights turns potential into reality. Potential trumps reality when these guys are tossing out money. That's the American way no matter what degree you have. Besides, let the pros spend THEIR money developing THEIR talent. These guys don't need a psychology degree to answer phones.

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rgh 1 year ago

Ben is making a great decision and his family needs the money. Everyone needs to check out his history and how much he has overcome. Time to enjoy the money and NBA. Remember he's also had two years at KU not just one. Yes one was just practice but look who those practices were against. Best wishes and come back whenever you want.

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TinmanKC 1 year ago

Good luck Ben. Nice to have you for a year. I'd do the same thing in your shoes. Just know that three jerseys that will never hang from the rafters at Allen Fieldhouse are Selby, McLemore and Henry.

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Milton Bland 1 year ago

All of you foks that are saying Ben should stay for another year must have your heads somewhere other than attached to your necks! Ben and his family have undergone tremendous financial struggles, to the point of being virtually homeless. The NBA is his way out of there. Even if he rides the bench, his family will not have to worry about their next meal nor staying warm at night. Ben, thank you for a great year. It may take a couple of years, but I look forward to seeing you in the NBA all star game.

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Tom Wilson 1 year ago

I fear he will follow the path of Josh Selby and Xavier Henry. Their careers went flat with a downward spiral from the beginning. Another year or two at KU would have helped their NBA fortunes.

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autie 1 year ago

And if it doesn't work out he can always play in Turkey. Or Spain. Or Greece.

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Patricia Davis 1 year ago

I wish Ben all the best and that includes having a sane and honest financial advisor to guide him through the chaos that's about to happen around him.

Fond memories, Ben. Now go out there on the big stage and show your stuff.

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tolawdjk 1 year ago

Success in the NBA is damn near impossible to predict.

However, there are a few things that are known.

  1. Ben appears to posses the skill set to succeed in the NBA.
  2. This year's draft class is fairly shallow.
  3. High lottery picks make some pretty insane levels of gaurenteed money.

All of that tells me that, no matter how much I would like to see him stay, the bst option for Ben and his family is for him to hang up his jersey here and take the next step onto his NBA career. Even in the worst possible situation, I can't see him falling further than 5th overall in the lottery and with the stable of players coming up and in the NCAA that would potentially go next year, 5th isn't a given.

He may flame out in the NBA, but going this year he has the best chance to get the most money he can to see if he can suceed. I've got to think Self is telling him exactly the same thing.

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grammaddy 1 year ago

I hope Ben stays and gets a littlemore experienceunder his belt. He did not do well away from Allen Fiedhouse and does not seem to have what it takes to succeed in the NBA.

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