Kansas freshman Ben McLemore was selected Big 12 Rookie of the Week on Monday, just two days after scoring 22 points in the Jayhawks' victory at then No. 7 Ohio State.
McLemore, who leads Kansas and all Big 12 freshmen with 16.5 points per game, averaged 18 points and 6.5 rebounds in victories over Richmond and Ohio State last week. McLemore is second in the Big 12 in scoring overall.
The performance against the Buckeyes may have been his most impressive yet. In the first true road game of his career, McLemore, a redshirt freshman guard, led the Jayhawks in scoring, grabbed six rebounds and added five points on in-bounds alley-oops that helped KU gain separation during the second half.
“He’s fun to coach,” KU coach Bill Self said after the Ohio State game. “You can tinker around and draw up some plays you can’t draw up for anybody else.”
It’s the 23rd time since the inception of the Big 12 that a Kansas player has been selected Rookie of the Week, which is eligible to go to any first-year player in the league. Guard Josh Selby was the last Kansas player to win the award, taking it home twice during the 2010-11 season.