Ben McLemore has reportedly seen his stock slip since he started doing individual workouts, according to ESPN's Chad Ford -- leaving the Kansas Jayhawks guard in a precarious position as the 2013 NBA Draft creeps closer.
McLemore hasn't been mentioned as a potential No. 1 pick since the Cleveland Cavaliers won the lottery, but the talented shooter has typically been in the discussion as one of the top two or three players available in this year's draft class. That apparently isn't the case anymore for the player rated No. 2 on SB Nation's NBA Draft big board, however, as Ford wrote about issues McLemore has been having in the lead-up to next week's draft.
His lack of preparation for the draft is hurting him. Multiple sources told me that his workout in Phoenix was not impressive. McLemore, according to sources, wasn't in shape and struggled to keep up in the workout. I heard similar things in Orlando.
McLemore is in a tug-of-war right now between advisor Rodney Blackstock and his agency Rivals. It's kept McLemore out of the gym and, for the most part, out of workouts. How much will all of this affect the draft stock? I'm told teams are worried. But how worried? Enough for one of the most talented players in the draft to slide further? Stay tuned.
It'd be very unfortunate if off-court distractions from those he trusts causes a talented player like McLemore to slip in the draft, but it sounds as though that's a very real possibility.