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Ben McLemore Relishes Opportunity to Shine with Trail Blazers

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McLemore joined KUSports beat writer Matt Tait to discuss his excitement, despite the Blazers being his fifth team since being drafted.

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Despite playing on his fifth team in nine seasons, Ben McLemore is said to be anxious about the opportunity to build something with the Portland Trail Blazers. In looking back on his career thus far with KUSports beat writer Matt Tait, he spoke about his excitement in potentially finding the right fit in Portland.

McLemore, who was taken three spots ahead of current Blazers starter CJ McCollum in the 2013 NBA Draft, referred to his new situation as a “great” one during the conversation.

“I’m in a great situation in Portland,” McLemore said. “I’m ready to take the opportunity that was given to me and go out and perform at a high level for those guys. I’m a Portland Trail Blazer and ready to get this new chapter in my life going.”

Though he’s yet to leave behind the sort of indelible impact that he left at the University of Kansas — where he averaged 15.9 points and 5.2 rebounds on 50-42-87 percentage splits as a freshman — he has further matured his game as a potent catch-and-shoot player.

Just two seasons ago, he was a 40.0 percent 3-point shooter from deep on 6.4 attempts per game, and he’s had two different seasons as a double-digit scorer. This season, he hopes to carve out a consistent place among a crowded Blazers backcourt.