Fans and recruitniks bubbled over with questions. This late in the school year, where could he go? Would he have any hope of finishing out the season on the hardwood at his new school?
By Monday, those questions had been answered, after the 6-foot-5 shooting guard landed at Humble (TX) Christian Life Center Academy. And after just a few days on the court with his new teammates, McLemore is already making an impression.
"I think he's someone with pro potential," said Cougars head coach Carlos Wilson. "I know we kick that word around loosely with this business, but it's a word I don't take very lightly."
A couple of familiar faces on the team have helped make the transition an easy one particularly post-grad big man Will Clark – a long-time friend of McLemore's and fellow St. Louis native.
"He really sold it to Ben," Wilson said. "When you've got someone from the same hometown and they're already there, they're doing well and they're thriving, it makes it a lot easier to make the transition."
McLemore will see his first action on the court in a Cougars uniform Monday night, and then again a week from Saturday.
In its brief history, Christian Life Center Academy already has a rich basketball tradition with numerous athletes earning Division One scholarships. Notable recent alumni include DeAndre Jordan – who signed with Texas A&M and played for one season before he was drafted by the Los Angeles Clippers with the 35th pick in the 2008 NBA draft – and Latavious Williams, who currently plays for the Tulsa 66ers, the NBA Developmental League affiliate of the Oklahoma City Thunder.
"It's nothing new, having a good basketball player around," Wilson said. "He's just one of the guys."