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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

grammaddy 1 year, 8 months 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.

Mkultra 1 year, 8 months ago

No way he is staying, top 5 pick in NBA right now guaranteed and probably 1 or 2

jimmyjms 1 year, 8 months ago

Do you know anything about this kid?

msezdsit 1 year, 8 months ago

He will be a tremendous NBA player and he will develop his game just fine in the NBA. I give him two and at most three years and he will be regarded as one of the finest players in the NBA and an all-star and then a Hall of Famer.

optimist 1 year, 8 months ago

His rookie contract will net him more than the first several people posting here will earn combined in their lifetimes. He is a pro talent if they are willing to pay him to play. Professional athletics is about the only place where the only thing that matters is talent and hard work. I'll defer to the owners willing to cut the check to best evaluate Ben's talent. Congratulations to Ben and good luck to him. I hope hecompletes his education at some point, gets the right people around him and invests his money wisely so that it lasts.

rgh 1 year, 8 months ago

Our #1 supporter telling Coach Self and the scouts that have been to games all year that they don't know Ben is capable of doing.

tolawdjk 1 year, 8 months 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.

jimmyjms 1 year, 8 months ago

"As for the family card..."

Yes, he should definitely make his decisions based not on his familial concerns, but based on how much bball entertainment he can bring to you.

Now, get off my grass.

tolawdjk 1 year, 8 months ago

I've no idea how to even to respond to this drivel. You are using Ben as poster boy for why US education values are down? Really?

He might be an also ran. He might blow his knee a month into the NBA season. He might stay three more years here, win two Championships and go on to be MVP of the NBA finals the year after that. No one can see that far.

What is known right here and now though is that he is assured of making top 5 lottery money if he goes now. Seems like a good thing to me.

msezdsit 1 year, 8 months ago

You told us more about you than you think you told us about Ben McLemore. Fortunately as a college sophomore, Ben is already smarter than a lot of old-timers.

Patricia Davis 1 year, 8 months 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.

Tom Wilson 1 year, 8 months 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.

TinmanKC 1 year, 8 months 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.

rgh 1 year, 8 months 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.

Robert Rauktis 1 year, 8 months 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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