Ben McLemore’s AAU coach is expected to meet with NCAA enforcement today. USA today is reporting that Darius Cobb, who has coached McLemore since he was a young teenager, is expected to explain what he knows about McLemore’s involvement with a professional agent.
The agent in question, Rodney Blackstock had allegedly given Cobb more than 10,000 in cash along with a few other presents to give to McLemore. Of course, if this is found to be true, it would be in direct contradiction to the NCAA’s eligibility rule. It remains to be seen how Kansas University will be tied in with this affair or if they had prior knowledge of the situation. A Kansas representative is expected to be sitting in the meeting between Cobb and the NCAA enforcement.
It is safe to say that from the school’s standpoint, it is probably favorable that McLemore decided to declare for the 2013 NBA draft. After a fantastic freshman season that saw him rise among draft charts, McLemore seemed undecided on whether he would leave university or not after the Jayhawk’s season ended in heartbreak in a loss to Michigan. The game was one of the best of the NCAA season but ended in disappointing fashion for Kansas.
Though he had a much better freshman season than expected, McLemore struggled in the NCAA tournament and there was discussion that it might ultimately hurt his NBA stock. With McLemore still being pegged as a top five pick for the 2013 NBA draft, he ultimately chose to leave school and go professional, a smart decision especially knowing how deep the 2014 NBA draft should be.
With the arrival of prodigy Andrew Wiggins, Kansas is probably looking to turn the page on the one year of the Ben McLemore era and focus on taking what should be a highly ranked Jayhawks team to a national championship. If it does come out that Kansas was aware that McLemore was receiving money from a certified NBA agent, it might get messy for them from a legal standpoint, something I am sure they would like to avoid.