At long last, after months of speculation and pushed-back deadlines, the recruitment of Ben McLemore is about to come to an end.
And the most relieved person of all won't be the coach of the team he chooses. It certainly won't be the fans or the reporters.
It'll be McLemore himself.
"I'm ready to get this over with," the St. Louis native said Saturday from Chicago, where he is participating in the Next All-American Classic all-star game. "It's been a lot of pressure back and forth. Other people want me to go here, other people want me to go there."
McLemore will announce following today's game, which was originally scheduled to be televised nationally on CBS College Sports, though that is no longer the case. As has long been suspencted, the ultra-athletic wing who recently finished his senior season at Humble (TX) Christian Life Center Academy is down to a pair of finalists - Kansas and Missouri.
He's had the opportunity to visit both programs during the recruiting process, and is well-familiar with what both have to offer.
Though the situation at Missouri has changed with the departure of Head Coach Mike Anderson for Arkansas, McLemore said he felt comfortable with the Tigers' fast-paced style of basketball - a style very similar to what he ran at Wellston (MO) Eskridge High School in St. Louis, prior to the school's closing in the spring of 2010.
"At Kansas, I was just shocked," he said, of his October official visit to Lawrence, Kan. "I had goosebumps when I went to 'Late Night in the Phog.'"
Stay tuned to Phog.net for coverage of McLemore's commitment and the Next All-American Classic.