2006 Focus: Willie Kemp

<b>BENTON, Ky. –</b> The Class of 2006 was on display at last weekend's Marshall County Hoopfest. Willie Kemp, a guard out of Bolivar, sat down and discussed his situation with Scout.com

Bolivar Central, a program about 45 minutes outside of Memphis, rolled into Benton and took out host Marshall County in its only game at the Hoopfest. Leading the way was a junior guard who made his bones last summer with Memphis YOMCA. Willie Kemp, a 6-foot-2 standout, is off to a good start this season.

Kemp banged his first two 3s against Marshall County and then heated up late in the game to aid Bolivar in sealing the deal. Kemp finished with 16 points on 7-of-13 from the floor.

Expecting to be recruited – and wanting to sign – at the highest level, Kemp said that Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas and Memphis are pursuing him the hardest at this juncture. So far, he's been on the campuses of Alabama, Arkansas, Tennessee and Mississippi.

"Academics are important," Kemp said last Saturday. "I need to make sure I get an education." In addition to the previous schools mentioned, Kemp also talked about Mississippi State.

"I want to go somewhere that I can be comfortable with the coaching staff."

Kemp, who averaged 14 points as a sophomore, said that he's really only interested in being recruited as a point guard. Realistically, right now he's a combo but he's trying to advance the point guard aspect of his game. He's more comfortable as the point man. "Really because I like to get my teammates involved," Kemp said.

Against Marshall, Kemp was either making 3s or driving all the way to the basket. He was quick to point out that developing some sort of middle game was a big priority for him. "I'm just trying to make pull-ups, coach has been working with me a lot."

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