Ben McLemore is rising, laces of the ball lined perfectly in his hands, and there is nothing anyone in college basketball can do about this problem. Watch him, and you get the feeling he needs to be reminded of this every now and then.
Maybe seeing the swish and hearing the love will help. They gathered around him after the game, friends and TV cameras and loving strangers. McLemore is a star, and the sooner he understands that the sooner his Kansas basketball team can save its season.
“HAPPY BIRTHDAY” they sang, and turning 20 is as good a time as any to show what KU looks like at its best.
An NBA team will spend a very high draft pick and millions of dollars for him to do this in a different uniform next year. Nights like this — 30 points in a virtuoso performance with his teammates’ confidence admittedly rocked — will be what the people here talk about when he’s dunking on TNT broadcasts. But for now, he is KU’s treasure.