To the editor:
Ben McLemore. This college student has become a great asset to the city of Lawrence, and we do not give him enough notice. Many times last year, it was written about his freshman challenges and the commitment he maintained to his team and coach through it all. Now, his story will be a highlight of the NCAA tournament and many expect him to be a top draft pick.
Before that happens, let’s talk about all the lives that he has touched. Tonight, my wife received a picture of a 6-year-old wearing a jersey Ben had signed at the women’s game that he attended. I have often seen posts with pictures of his patience and positive influence on other children. He and the entire team signed programs for two of my boys after Late Night.
In the infancy of a long career being in the national spotlight, Ben has carried himself as an individual that any professional basketball team will pay handsomely and be fortunate to have wear their jersey. As our season ends and he potentially goes on to greater things, I hope he remembers the Kansas motto, “Ad astra per aspera” (To the stars through difficulties).