LAWRENCE (KSNT) – Former Kansas basketball superstar Ben McLemore returned to his alma mater on Saturday for his inaugural ‘Sir McLemore Summer Slam’ event to raise money for his ‘All4Kids’ charity.
Hundreds of Jayhawk fans packed into a community center in downtown Lawrence to watch Ben, his brother Kevin, and former Kansas players, Travis Releford and Naadir Tharpe, show off their basketball skill sets.
“I’m glad it turned out pretty good,” said McLemore. “I had fun, all the fans had fun. It’s something I want to continue to do to help build my relationship with my fans.”
After playing just one season for Bill Self and the Jayhawks, McLemore developed a special bond with the city.
“St. Louis is my main home, but this (Lawrence) is my home,” said McLemore. “Here in Kansas, I’ve got a lot of fans, so it’s a big support system for me throughout my entire NBA career.”
Five kids also had the opportunity to play against Ben one-on-one.
“It was really hard, but there was this one point that he got distracted and he was talking to his other teammates, and I came up behind him and stole it,” said Joey Bergman, who played against McLemore. “He’s really nice. I got autographs from him.”
McLemore plans on adding to the event for next year, and bringing in more players to participate in the dunk contest.