Kemp Getting It Done!

To say the spring is going well for Memphis Pump ‘n Run junior point guard Willie Kemp would be akin to saying Tracy McGrady is having a good playoff series. Both Kemp and T-Mac are playing way better than good and in Kemp's case, he making his move nationally.

There are a few things that can really be beneficial to a career. Win a lot of high school games, take home a few traveling team championships and show major improvement prior to the spring of your senior season.

Right now, Willie Kemp, a 2006 point guard out of Bolivar (Tenn.) Central is in the midst of a major run. The MVP of the Real Deal on the Hill followed up his first major championship of the year with another win on the road in Las Vegas.

Right now, he's hot. "I've just been working on my game a whole lot," Kemp said. "I've been playing well and hopefully I can play that way throughout the rest of the summer."

For Kemp, these types of performances are coming at the right time. "It's important because coming up I've been underrated. A lot of folks said I wasn't a true point guard and couldn't shoot the ball that well. I think my shot has improved a whole lot."

He's right. He was underrated (we'll raise our hands as a contributor to that one) and he is shooting and scoring it better but at the same time he's shown the ability to run a team with high-level players and win ballgames.

"I think I'm just better at getting my teammates involved and making more plays for them," Kemp says of his spring exploits.

Kemp claims he's wide open. He should because he's a hot commodity and it'll be interesting to see who jumps in with both feet as major colleges sort out their backcourt dilemmas.

Arkansas has offered. So has Tennessee, Illinois, Memphis, Florida and Florida State. Just this week Bruce Weber, Rod Barnes and Bruce Pearl have been in to see him. Billy Donovan was scheduled to come on Thursday and FSU will be in next week.

Kentucky has always popped up on his list and while he hasn't seen Tubby Smith yet this spring, he's seen Mark Gottfried, Stan Heath and John Calipari. Louisville is another school Kemp likes to mention.

"I'm just still wide open right now. At this point I'm not taking many visits. I'm taking it one day at a time and hopefully I'll have it narrowed down next season and make my decision before basketball [season]."

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