So Ben McLemore has been hyped all season as the best shooting guard by far, and the best overall prospect that should be picked #1 (after Noel went down of course).
I admit, I haven't watched much college basketball outside of my school, and I've only caught glimpses of these other potential lottery picks. Never really got to see Shabazz or Noel play at all. And when it came to actually checking out McLemore, I was always underwhelmed. Box score watching showed that he can score in bunches at a very efficient clip, but maybe I always caught him at a bad time.
In a perfect world, he would be able to go back to Kansas for a year to be the centerpiece of the team, and learn how to be the night-in, night-out go to player. But we all know he can't pass up being a top 2 pick, that would be insane.
So now my question, and I know this may sound homerish of me, but why is McLemore such a better prospect than P.J. Hairston? Both are 20 and 2 years out of high school, with P.J. being only 50 days older. Ben is 6-5, 195 pounds and very athletic, while P.J. is 6-5, 220 pounds and has very sneaky, underrated athleticism. But P.J. is much much stronger than Ben, even guarding power forwards this year, and would be able to match up physically with guys in the NBA.
As for their stats, we all know P.J. was coming off the bench most of the season for who knows why. But if you look at all the games P.J. started and actually got significant burn (the last 13 games of the season) here are his stats:
45% FG (76-170)
40% 3FG (41-102)
77% FT (44-57)
While Ben's stats as a starter are:
They are both good rebounders for the position, but it shows P.J. has been a better scorer, while Ben has been a better shooter. However, what good is shooting better when you shrink in big moments, or are afraid to take big shots. That was never a problem with P.J., as he took and nailed big shot after big shot all through the ACC tourney and short NCAA run. I'd also say P.J. is a better ball handler and much more creative and instinctive at driving to the rim and creating offense.
So I'm not saying take P.J. at the #1 pick, because if he's rated at the end of round 1, then by all means, trade back for multiple picks and steal him at the end of the round. But I'm just wondering what everyone sees that makes Ben such a can't miss prospect while P.J. is just ho hum and not on anyone's radar.
Because they are both the same age and height, with P.J. being much stronger, more aggressive, a better ball handler, has more of a take over mentality, and has incredible range as well. Is it because Ben might one day have a light go on several years down the line and turn into a monster scorer? You don't often see the timid turn into monsters. I mean, wouldn't P.J.'s shooting and aggressiveness be a better fit for us then Ben's shooting and non-aggressiveness?
I don't know, which is why I'm asking the question. Convince me that Ben is such a better prospect, and that I'm crazy for even comparing the two