LAWRENCE — Kansas guard Ben McLemore pocketed another honor on Monday.
McLemore, a 6-foot-5 freshman guard, was selected Big 12 player of the week, five days after his 33-point performance helped KU take down Iowa State in overtime in the Jayhawks’ Big 12 opener.
McLemore, who made a three-pointer with 1.3 seconds left to send the game into overtime, followed up the performance with 10 points in a 60-46 victory over Texas Tech on Saturday.
Still, McLemore’s night against Iowa State was one for the books. It was the most points by a Jayhawk freshman since Danny Manning scored 35 in 1985, and he finished 10 of 12 from the field while making six of six from three-point range.
“He listens to Coach,” senior center Jeff Withey said last week. “He does everything the right way. He’s a great teammate; that matters a lot."
McLemore shot 63.2 percent for the week and 60 percent from beyond the arc, while connecting on 86.7 percent of his free throws. He ranks second in the Big 12 in scoring with 16.4 points per game.
“I would like to keep on performing like this, each and every day,” McLemore said last week. “Just going to the gym, working hard everyday.”
McLemore and Kansas will return to the floor at 8 p.m. on Monday night against Baylor in a Big Monday showdown.
It’s the second time McLemore has been honored by the Big 12; he was selected Big 12 freshman of the week on Dec. 24. He also became the third Kansas player to be selected player of the week; Travis Releford and Withey have also earned the honor.
Iowa State forward Georges Niang was selected Big 12 freshman of the week. It’s the first time since March 9, 2008 (Michael Beasley, LaceDarius Dunn) that two freshmen have earned player and rookie accolades in the same week.