While one Bolivar (Tenn.) Central star has decided where he will play his college ball, the other one is in no hurry.
So says Willie Kemp, a 6-2, 170-pound point guard who notes that the commitment of Wayne Chism to Tennessee earlier this week will have no impact on his decision.
"I'm happy that he knows where he wants to go, but no, no, it doesn't effect me at all," Kemp said Tuesday night. "I've still got six schools basically even and I am going to take all of the five visits they allow you and then make the best decision."
Kemp, who averaged 20 points and 7 assists as a junior, has lined up three of those visits already with plans to go to Tennessee Sept. 2-4, Arkansas Sept. 9-11 and Florida on Sept. 16-18.
"I am also going to visit Kentucky and either Illinois or Memphis," said Kemp, who has visited all of the aforementioned places except for Kentucky and Florida on unofficial treks. "I just don't know which school I am going to take that fifth one to yet and don't know for sure when I am going to visit Kentucky and Memphis."
Kemp has certainly seen plenty of the University of Arkansas with three trips to Fayetteville over the last year. He came for Midnight Madness in 2004, back for a game the following January and then led his Memphis Pump ‘N Run team to the Real Deal on the Hill Championship back in April.
In fact, Kemp was named the MVP of the event after the title game win over Indy Spiece Elite and its stars Greg Oden and Mike Conley at the Razorbacks' Bud Walton Arena.
That performance lifted him to 39th overall in the Scout.com national rankings, where he is also viewed as the sixth best point guard in the county.
"I really like Arkansas and have had a good time when I am up there," Kemp said. "I like the coaches and they have great facilities. I think I would fit in well there and be comfortable if that's where I decide to go."
Arkansas is also still alive in the race for Thaddeus Young, Kemp's AAU teammate who has the Razorbacks as one of his final seven teams - and many believe likely in his top four.
"We had a great summer playing together and finished it up in Las Vegas, where we did okay," Kemp said. "I feel like we came together."
Kemp was giving a lot of credit for running such a powerful talent-laden bunch.
"I just try to get everybody involved and distribute the ball," Kemp said. "I can take over the game when I need to, but it's more about running and team and making sure everybody is where they are supposed to be when you are the point guard."
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