McLemore's KU Trip Report

Ben McLemore

Kansas fans will be happy to know that rising superstar SG prospect Ben McLemore seemed to learn a great deal during his recent trip to Lawrence for Bill Self's Elite Camp, and the 2011 guard reportedly hit it off very well with the Jayhawk head coach. More from Aaron Cedeño, inside...

It's been a busy summer for Ben McLemore.

The 6-foot-5 shooting guard from St. Louis has seen his recruiting stock rise astronomically in recent weeks, thanks to a number of standout performances with noted AAU powerhouse St. Louis Eagles. Alongside teammate Brad Beal – long one of the most coveted guard prospects in the class of 2011 – McLemore has thrived, wowing crowds with his skill and athleticism at a number of high-profile events.

Naturally, many of the top college programs in the country have taken notice – including the Kansas Jayhawks. Last weekend, McLemore packed his bags and tripped to Lawrence (Kan.), to visit the campus and take part in Head Coach Bill Self's annual Elite Camp.

For two days, McLemore worked under the watchful eye of Self and his assistants, an experience he said has had an immediate impact on his game.

However, it may have been in the 5-on-5 scrimmage sessions with current Jayhawk standouts that he learned the most, and not just about his game – but about himself as well.

"It showed me that I need to go to the weight room, get a little stronger and more aggressive, stuff like that," McLemore explained. "But it felt like I was supposed to be out there with them."

Perception has long been that the Jayhawks hold a strong lead in the talented two-guard's recruitment, and he reiterated with Scout.com this week that they are indeed still his favorite.

While at camp, McLemore had the chance to speak with Self on a number of occasions, with whom he feels he shares a close relationship. During their conversations, the Kansas head man reiterated the program's interest in seeing him in Crimson and Blue.

"We talked about how he would like me to come and play for him," McLemore said. "He thinks I'm the one. I know, and he knows, that we both feel like we have that bond together."

With Wellston-Eskridge High School closing its doors for good this year, McLemore has been on the hunt for a new home in recent weeks – one which would help him get his ducks in a row academically, as well as prepare him athletically for the next level.

Much of the speculation has centered around legendary Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va., where such hoops stars as Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony saw their own careers explode.

However, reports were that McLemore's mother had some trepidation over sending him so far from home. Now, it appears as if mother and son are on the same page.

"It feels like she made her decision on where she wants me to go, and it feels like she made a decision she wants me to go to Oak Hill," he said. "Because she feels like it's a good opportunity. There isn't a better school out here for me."

McLemore stated he wishes to take all five of his official visits, and make a decision soon thereafter. Also recruiting him are the likes of Arkansas, Illinois, Missouri and Tennessee.

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