Ben McLemore Officially Commits to Kansas

Ben McLemore finally committed to Kansas on Sunday afternoon after the NeXt All-America Classic. His college choices were either Missouri or Kansas.

McLemore was supposed to announce his decision at halftime but sponsorship problems pushed the announcement until after the game, which went into overtime.

On Saturday afternoon, ESPN prematurely put up a video on their website saying McLemore committed to Kansas. However, they also filmed a Missouri video, too. Missouri currently doesn’t have a coach and that factored into his decision. McLemore was highly recruited by Mike Anderson, who is now at Arkansas.

McLemore, a five star recruit from St. Louis, is the second commitment to Bill Self for the 2011 class. The 6-foot-5 small forward is Rivals.com’s No. 17 player in the country. Naadir Tharpe of Brewster Academy is the other Jayhawk commitment.

McLemore scored 21 points on Saturday in a scrimmage at the NeXt All-America Classic.

McLemore was at Late Night this past season.

“Kansas … I got goosebumps when I went to Late Night,” he said.

McLemore commented on his game to the media in Chicago.

“I’ve been working on my shot,” he said. “A lot of people think I can just dunk. I can shoot the ball, mid-range, step out and shoot the three. I hit five threes today. I feel pretty confident about my shot against good competition. Creating my own shot is one thing I can do, could always do.”

As far as the rest of the recruiting class goes, Bill Self is still looking to bring in more guys. Last week he talked about bringing in 3-4 guys in this recruiting class. High school recruits DeAndre Daniels, Otto Porter and JuCo’s Stan Simpson look to be high up on Self’s checklist.