The Washington Huskies added Shawn Kemp Jr. (left), who is the eldest son of legendary Sonic Shawn Kemp.
The younger Kemp, a 6-10 forward, signed a financial aid agreement and completes the class of 2011, which includes: guards Tony Wroten Jr., Hikeem Stewart and Andrew Andrews and forwards Jernard Jarreau and Martin Breunig.
Coach Lorenzo Romar said all six incoming freshmen are currently enrolled in summer classes at UW.
“He’s got good size,” Romar said of Kemp. “He’s a very good athlete. He can run the floor. He’s the type of player that plays above the rim. He’s a real good defender.”
Kemp played for Cherokee HS in Canton, Ga. where he averaged 12 points and 8 rebounds as a junior.
He committed in 2008 to Alabama over Washington and Nevada and was supposed to be a freshman in 2009. He was ruled academically ineligible. He played for Hargrave Military Academy in the 2009-10 season and committed to Auburn in ’09. He wasn’t admitted due to academic issues and spent the 2010-11 season out of basketball.
Romar said he was shoring up his course work and there were constant rumors Kemp would walk-on this season.
It’s unlikely Kemp will make an immediate impact this season because he’s been away from the game for awhile. He’s listed at 265 pounds, but Romar expects he’ll play at 250.
“The first thing he’s going to have to do is get into condition,” Romar said. “That’s the first thing. Just going that hard every day, that’s the second adjustment. He has not played at this level yet. It’s good that he’s in summer school and he’s going now because he’s going to need to get the kinks out. He’ll be hard worker. I know that he’ll do whatever is necessary to regain his form.”
Photo credit: Louisville Courier-Journal
Updated: 10:16 a.m.
July 7, 2011 at 9:25 AM
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