Still Kemptastic

Bolivar (Tenn.) Central point guard Willie Kemp, on hand at the Reebok ABCD Camp this week, has Arkansas among a final six schools who have a shot to sign him this fall.

TEANECK, N.J. - The way Bolivar (Tenn.) point guard Willie Kemp sees it, the preliminary research is all in and now it's time to truly get down to business.

Kemp, a 6-3, 175-pound point guard, led his Rockets team to a split of two games on Wednesday afternoon and night in the opening day of game action at the Reebok ABCD Camp inside the Rothman Center on the campus of Farleigh Dickenson University.

That was of special interest to six schools that Kemp has narrowed his choice to - Arkansas, Illinois, Florida, Memphis, Tennessse and Kentucky.

"It's going to be one of those six schools," Kemp said. "I consider myself wide open right now. I've seen them all and have a good idea about all of them and after the summer is over I will sit up some offficial visits and start to get really serious about it in the fall. They are all great schools."

Kemp has been to visit all those schools unofficially except Florida and has been to Arkansas three times, including back in April when he led Memphis Pump 'N Run to a championship and was the MVP of the Real Deal on the Hill AAU Tournament at Bud Walton Arena.

"Arkansas is still one of my main schools and way up at the top," Kemp said. "I like everything about them."

Wayne Chism, Kemp's 6-8, 235-pound power forward teammate at Bolivar and Reebok and an Arkansas recruit as well, led the way in an opening game 64-57 win over the Warriors with 12 points, 4 rebounds and 2 blocks.

Kemp added 2 points and 5 assists and 6-8, 210-pound Har-Ber High junior-to-be forward Michael Sanchez added 3 points and 2 rebounds in a game the 10 players on each team split time evenly.

Kemp came back with 9 points and 3 assists in the nightcap while Chism had 7 points and 6 rebounds and Sanchez a pair of rebounds in a 72-60 loss to the Suns.

"I'm just trying to come out and play hard and help the team in any way I can," Kemp said. "We've got a good group together."

Kemp, who recently got a passing score on his ACT, joined Sanchez at the National Basketball Players Association Camp in Richmond, Va., back on June 21-27.

"There were a lot of great players at the NBA Camp and I was honored to be one of the players invited," Kemp said. "I got to learn from NBA guys like Jon Berry and Raymond Felton. It was a great experience."

Before that camp, Kemp squeezed in a visit to Illinois and while Kentucky has not offered a scholarship yet, the Wildcats have begun calling him.

"I had a great time up there at Illinois, just like I have at all the schools," Kemp said. "Coach (Bruce) Weber is a good guy. It is a school that I'm interested in."

While speculation is that Tennessee got its point guard when Indiana prep standout Marques Johnson committed recently and was told the Volunteers would not recruit another point guard, that is news to Kemp.

"They haven't told me that," Kemp said while laughing. "That's interesting."

Kemp plans to have his choice made by the time he plays the first game of his senior season.

"I'm going to get some official visits set up this fall and just try to see where the best fit is for me," Kemp said. "I want to have it all over before I start playing."


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