Former Kansas guard Ben McLemore has signed with newly certified NBA agent Rodney Blackstock, the same man who allegedly paid one of McLemore’s former AAU coaches $10,000 during the KU basketball season.
McLemore’s selection of Blackstock, which was reported Tuesday by Liz Mullen of the Sports Business Journal, is sure to stir up some confusion as McLemore prepares to sit in the green room during Thursday night’s NBA Draft at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Multiple previous reports had linked McLemore with Rivals Sports Group, the same firm that represents former Kansas players Marcus and Markieff Morris.
Blackstock, the founder of a sports mentoring organization in Greensboro, N.C., was not a certified agent when he allegedly gave Darius Cobb — McLemore’s former AAU coach in St. Louis — two cash payments of $5,000, along with all-expense paid trips to Los Angeles to gain influence in McLemore’s inner circle.
But Blackstock is now a certified agent, according to the NBA Players Association. And he has been acting as McLemore’s adviser during the predraft process.
“The things (Cobb) said were a lie,” McLemore told reporters last month at predraft workouts, according to the Akron Beacon Journal. “I think it was just a personal attack on Rodney. ... Rodney has been great. Since I met him, we have got that bond and communicating very well. That is why I chose him to help me with this process.”