Gary Bedore of KUSports.com published a story over the weekend in which he spoke to former Jayhawk Ben McLemore about his goals for the 2013/14 season, and McLemore's desire to prove that the six teams who passed on him on draft night made a mistake.
"I feel I come in with a chip on my shoulder," McLemore said. "I feel I am going to work hard to get Rookie of the Year. I know the mindset I’m going to come in and show everybody I could be the alpha dog and win that Rookie of the Year. I’m definitely going to work hard to get that."
The 2013 draft didn't feature a consensus first overall pick, and the player considered by many to be the best prospect in the class (Nerlens Noel) is still recovering from an ACL injury. As such, the field is wide open for McLemore or anyone else to earn those Rookie of the Year honors.
With Noel likely to miss the start of the season, and a few rookies unlikely to play significant roles right away for their respective teams, not all of this year's lottery picks are in position to compete for the award. But from the No. 1 pick (Anthony Bennett) on down, there are plenty of candidates. Who's your choice to become the 2013/14 Rookie of the Year?