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Ben McLemore and Kansas could be facing trouble

Kansas Jayhawk Ben McLemore ended his college career when he declared for the NBA draft following the 2012-2013 basketball season. McLemore sat out his freshman season at Kansas due to being academically ineligible before putting together a very impressive season this year for the Jayhawks. McLemore’s name can be found near the top of almost every 2013 NBA Mock Draft, and his journey from troubled youth to college basketball star have been well-documented. His story will now have a very dark cloud over it following a report yesterday by USA Today’s Eric Prisbell. The report states that a former AAU coach of Ben McLemore’s”received thousands of dollars in cash, lodging, meals and trips from a middle man who courted the Kansas player on behalf of sports agents and financial advisers” this past season. 

Darius Cobb, McLemore’s St. Louis based former AAU coach, told USA Today that he accepted two cash payments of $5,000 during the regular season, as well as two paid trips to Los Angeles. Accompanying Cobb on these Los Angeles trips was McLemore’s cousin, Richard Boyd. Rodney Blackstock, who is the founder and CEO of Hoop Life Academy (a “sports mentoring organization), was apparently the one fronting the bill for all of this.

The trail is muddy when trying to sort through the details of the relationships between Cobb, Boyd, Blackstock and McLemore. A few key and troublesome pieces of evidence do exist though, such as Blackstock attending Kansas games as McLemore’s guest. Blackstock also allegedly perhaps provided benefits to McLemore, such as paying for a bowling birthday party. In Cobb’s words, when Blackstone took care of the party, he said, “Man, don’t worry about it. I got you. We’re a team. We’re family.”

According to Cobb though, who wishes to keep McLemore’s innocence in the matter in tact, McLemore was not aware of the strength and depth of the friendship and monetary ties between his former AAU coach Cobb and Blackstone. Cobb admits though that the money he received from Blackstone was with the intent to steer McLemore toward Blackstock when it was time to make preparation for the NBA. 

Kansas released a statement in which they acknowledged that they have been contacted about the issue. Only time will tell if the Jayhawks receive any backlash from the situation. All of these issues could have affected McLemore’s amateur status, which is the primary concern for Kansas.  Keep an eye out, as this story is sure to gain more traction over the next few weeks.

The underlying story: The world of college basketball is a complicated place, filled with shady people…

Article written by Ally Tucker

I once successfully requested "The Wobble" to be played 6 times at one wedding.

45 Comments for Ben McLemore and Kansas could be facing trouble

  1. JPhelps
    12:06 pm May 5, 2013 Permalink

    Lets see how KU fans react when people call Bill Self a cheater now…

  2. Joe
    12:07 pm May 5, 2013 Permalink

    Is it Blackstock or Blackstone?

  3. Si Says
    12:10 pm May 5, 2013 Permalink

    This might impact Wiggins decision.

  4. Hard Core Mikey
    12:10 pm May 5, 2013 Permalink

  5. Andpeopleinhellwanticewater
    12:14 pm May 5, 2013 Permalink

    They should be scared! Because we all know that the only team that walks away from NCAA penalties are North Carolina er was it Duke er was it Syracuse. Wait, the only team that gets hassled by the NCAA is……that’s right, you guessed it… KENTUCKY!

  6. bosshogg24
    12:20 pm May 5, 2013 Permalink

    Will KU have their Big 12 Title wiped off the record? Why would Wiggins consider KU or UNC, two schools involved in scandals and cheating!

  7. Bryan
    12:26 pm May 5, 2013 Permalink

    I hate when people accuse UK of cheating when nothing has happened. On the same token, we need to stop acting like we’re victims when nothing has happened to us besides Wall missing two games and Kanter missing the season (would’ve happened regardless of school). Just stop acting like we’re always the victims

  8. MTCat
    12:27 pm May 5, 2013 Permalink

    The KU fans are all in denial. They claim McLemore has already turned pro so this means nothing. Unfortunately for them, the meetings and incidents began prior to the 2012-2013 season with the trips to LA occurring in February 2013. McLemore could be found to have lost his amateur status because his former coach and cousin were dealing with agents on his behalf. KU could be facing vacates, but of course they ain’t Memphis, so who knows?

  9. America
    12:27 pm May 5, 2013 Permalink

    Twice the ncaa has investigated us and twice they have let us off the hook, so don’t act like we are the whipping boy of the ncaa. It just shines poorly on the school and fan base when we say that

  10. RahRah
    12:35 pm May 5, 2013 Permalink

    #4, Hardcore, I found the blog interesting with an exception. I’m the biggest cardhater around and enjoyed that post till I read back to a post about Tiger Woods and the blog writer, who bashed both UofL coaches for adultery, totally excuses Tiger and says it’s really none of our business. Can’t have it both ways.

    And if I were Wiggins and hadn’t before, I would strike both Kansas & UNC off my list because their futures should be uncertain even though nothing will probably be done.

  11. Otis
    12:37 pm May 5, 2013 Permalink

    When asked by a reporter if Cal knew the details of his SAT situation, Derek Rose said

    A) are you crazy? Of course Cal knew nothing and suspected nothing. If he even had a hint, I would have never been allowed to step on the court at The University of Memphis
    His integrity and dignity mean more to him than basketball. He would go to NIT first

    That is why Cal settled a lawsuit by paying over $100,000


    B) you have to ask him

  12. Orb
    12:45 pm May 5, 2013 Permalink

    From the USA Today article ” Cobb also said he has helped the family financially from time to time, paying bills and buying McLemore clothes and food.” How is McLemore an amateur?

  13. NCAA
    12:46 pm May 5, 2013 Permalink

    Upon completion of a thorough investigation the NCAA has found that Kansas did not have knowledge of any of McLemore’s actions that ran contrary to NCAA rules. Therefore, the NCAA has completed its investigation and no penalties will be levied against Kansas.

    The NCAA should just go ahead and issue the above statement now. They will take months and spend thousand upon thousands of dollars to come to the same conclusion…we all know the NCAA will not do anything to Duke, N Carolina or Kansas, period. The NCAA is one of the most biased, self-serving and otherwise crooked organizations that has ever existed.

  14. Random
    1:07 pm May 5, 2013 Permalink

    Is being a Louisville fan really so damn boring that they have to camp out on UK sites all day?

  15. Trololololol
    1:12 pm May 5, 2013 Permalink

    What is this? Kansas Sports Radio?!? Y’all should change the name to KSR!

  16. hardcore mike
    1:13 pm May 5, 2013 Permalink

    @ 10

    Difference between Woods and Pitino is simple. Woods affair was not covered up by an AD, college and coworkers. The PGA did not cover up Woods’ affairs. UofL did.

  17. Dr. Wildcat
    1:21 pm May 5, 2013 Permalink

    This really is small potatoes. Worst case scenario Kansas vacates half of this season. I doubt it even comes to that. If the NCAA didn’t penalize them for playing Darrell Arthur when it was discovered that he never graduated high school due to a grade failing grade being changed, I doubt they’ll do anything about an AAU coach being paid.

  18. Reality Check
    1:23 pm May 5, 2013 Permalink

    Worldwide Wes is a pos that uk fans embrace. You know he buys players and you couldn’t care less. So, spare us all when you cry about duke and unc never getting into trouble by the NCAA. Plus, the ncaa looked the other way when they let that retarded kid play for uk a few years back. The guy couldn’t read a second grade level book. But he aced Algebra three before he took algebra two. Right.

  19. M
    1:30 pm May 5, 2013 Permalink

    #11, 18) Always deflection, never acknowledgement.

  20. shelbyjoe
    1:36 pm May 5, 2013 Permalink

    heck, all KU and mclemore have to do is clam up and tell the others to keep their mouths shut – it worked for duke.

  21. theSkinny81
    1:37 pm May 5, 2013 Permalink

    18 – Listen lady, all you do is come on here and spew the same drivel about WWW. I have an idea: apply for a position in the compliance department or enforcement committee of the NCAA. With all the knowledge you possess, you’d take UK and that pesky John Calipari down in no time. Surely you’re qualified, with all of your educational acumen. Right. And what would your boyfriend think about you using words like “retarded” so freely?

    Oh, and Clint Hurtt.

  22. Retarded? Seriously??
    1:43 pm May 5, 2013 Permalink

    #18-You have some Major issues. And they won’t be cured by coming on this board and spouting your crap. Seek treatment!

  23. DC4Uk
    1:44 pm May 5, 2013 Permalink

    #18 I don’t comment much but it is well known Worldwide Wes is well associated with Duke, UNC, Cuse and other schools. Its okay don’t let facts get in the way of your logical thinking.

  24. theSkinny81'sinnerthoughts
    1:46 pm May 5, 2013 Permalink

    I know Wes and Cal cheat. If they were at any other program, I would go nuts. But since they bring great players to my cayuts, I gloss over it and just tell people they basically can’t prove it. Also, I know Eric Bledsoe is dumber than a sack of hammers and no one thought he would have been eligible. I don’t question how he ever got over a 1.0 while at uk because it does not fit my agenda. Even though no other UK coach has ever brought in this type of talent and Cal had NIT players at memphis before Wes pimped him out, I just chalk it up that we are uahk and we get who we want. Always have, always will. Now got to go check out my sister in her new bikini.

  25. Bottom Line
    1:49 pm May 5, 2013 Permalink

    UK’s sports programs were the anal cavity of college sports last year. While uofl dominated, winning the Sugar Bowl (beating UF, a team that has penetrated uk for decades) and the basketball national title. Suck it inbreds!!!!!

  26. LooahvulFanzInnurThunkins
    1:50 pm May 5, 2013 Permalink

    Derp, derp derp, derp derp DERP.

  27. theSkinny81
    1:52 pm May 5, 2013 Permalink

    18 – Don’t bother – makes too much sense for them to comprehend.

  28. theSkinny81
    1:58 pm May 5, 2013 Permalink

    shite, I meant 23…..

  29. Mudcat
    1:59 pm May 5, 2013 Permalink

    Doesn’t seem like Kansas or Self were wrong in any way. The AAU circuit is a joke and the kids getting taken advantage of. Kentucky and Cal would be castrated if this were them, I am very interested to see who gets the blame. It is interesting that Wiggins decision may be altered because of this.

  30. ashley shaffer
    2:01 pm May 5, 2013 Permalink

    who cares, no big deal…

  31. Reality
    2:20 pm May 5, 2013 Permalink

    28) No, you know 18 is correct. The truth shall set you free.

  32. jeb
    2:22 pm May 5, 2013 Permalink

    I NEVER expect Kentucky to be implicated again. I will lose all faith in the program if it happens. Just sayin…….

  33. Tom Izzo
    2:24 pm May 5, 2013 Permalink

    Last year I was quoted about recruiting in a national article. I said 80% of recruits ranked in the top 20, dirty recruiting is involved. Basically, if you sign 3 or 4 top top players, there is cheating ivolved to get most of them.

  34. rj
    2:35 pm May 5, 2013 Permalink

    I would challenge all the tardinals who come to this site to a fight, but like the little red bird they worship, they all have balls the size of bbs.

  35. Rick Pitino
    2:41 pm May 5, 2013 Permalink

    Even though Cal, Wes and Nike have broken every rule under the sun to get recruits, we still won it all with actual college players. Sure, Wes has personally contacted kids we have recruited and told them not to consider us or he would make their lives miserable. We have had to recruit kids outside the top 25 because of Wes and the fact that we will not pay them or their handlers. But the way we did it is much more rewarding. UK fans know it as well but will never admit it. Go on Cal, go buy a few more burger boys, so you can get back to what you do best. That would be rolling it out there. Even you can’t screw up next season. In the meantime, we will cleanly get players who go to class more than one semester and we will still win.

  36. Rick Pitino
    3:05 pm May 5, 2013 Permalink

    Also, I’m a dirty little scumbag who takes 4 years to develope the talent that Cal could do in 1 year, that is if he where satisfied going after average players. but since I can’t get high level players to go to U of L I have to settle for the players the crappy staff I have can get. All the cardinal fans are complete losers I wouldn’t clean dogshit off my shoes with there faces. ‘

  37. Bluecat
    3:11 pm May 5, 2013 Permalink

    That probably eliminates Kansas from the wiggins sweepstakes and leaves it between Kentucky or North Carolina. Florida state is not a contender for next season’s NCAA title. So Wiggins will either be a Wildcat or a Tarheel.

  38. Bluecat
    3:36 pm May 5, 2013 Permalink

    #24, Hey uofsmell troll!, r u prepping for the ass beating your getting in Rupp Arena on Dec 28th?

    You know its coming and the only way you can think about it is to insinuate Cal and UK are not above board with recruiting.

    You lucked out and backed into the title in the weakest year in college basketball in over two decades.

    Last year when UK won our EIGHTH
    title, our path was four times
    more difficult then loserville’s.

    Just remember Dec 28th is coming, drop your drawers and take the ass-kicking thats coming your way tard!

  39. L1C4 is LAME
    3:42 pm May 5, 2013 Permalink

    These uofl fans r STUPID!!!! They talk like they have been winning 4 yrs. U got lucky this yr cuz college bball was so bad! The rest of ur history speaks 4 itself…. there isnt much!

  40. Hazard Kidd-Katt
    3:46 pm May 5, 2013 Permalink

    #37 Don’t forget the ongoing UNC Acedemic\Athletic Scandal casting a shadow. Currently, UK and FSU are his only two clear choices.

  41. Tardinal
    3:51 pm May 5, 2013 Permalink

    3 > 8 What? UK beat us four years in a row before last season? Shut up! That never happened! #L1C4 I’m glad we have a classy coach like Pitino. I mean, sure, we hated him and called him a cheater when he was at UK but now he’s the best.

  42. Typical Cardinal Fan
    3:54 pm May 5, 2013 Permalink

    I have no life outside of lurking and posting on UK sites all day everyday. Well, that and posting my lame hashtags on Twitter and creeping on Calipari’s daughter. Maybe if I call Cal a cheater and talk about us doing it the right way and being better I’ll actually start to believe it after awhile. #L1OhGodIwishwewererelevantoutsideofJeffersonCounty

  43. Sarcasm
    3:58 pm May 5, 2013 Permalink

    I’m so sure people outside the state of Kentucky see Lousiville as some kind of classy metropolis.
    Oh yes, I’m sure people from California are lining up to take vacations to Lousiville. Christ you idiots Card fans Louisville’s nothing special. We’re all inbred rednecks to people from California or outside the state.

  44. Winston
    10:43 pm May 5, 2013 Permalink

    Yeah but did he buy any jewelry?

  45. Bluecat
    11:36 pm May 5, 2013 Permalink

    #43, You nailed it!, I have heard the same thing for years, Louisville ain’t shit outside the Commonwealth.

    Read that and weep you pinhead uloser fanbase!