Kemp Stays In South; Picks SEC Program

When it was said and done, distance played a significant part in Shawn Kemp's decision. He's headed to the SEC.

Distance often times plays a major role in college recruiting and it was certainly a factor in Shawn Kemp's recruitment.

Kemp, a standout at Canton (Ga.) Cherokee, had his list down to Nevada, Washington and Alabama. With Nevada and Washington on the opposite side of the country, Kemp went with the school closest to home, Alabama.

"It's not too far, but it's not too close," Kemp said. "It's a three-hour drive from my house and I wanted to stay kind of close to home and not go too far."

"It was mostly the distance," he said when asked what the biggest factor in his recruitment was. "All of the coaches were nice, but it was mostly the distance. The coaches at Alabama were nice people and it was just a good fit and a good school to go to."

Kemp took an official visit to Alabama last weekend and grew fond of the campus and the coaches on the Crimson Tide staff.

"They have a good school, a good coach, a good atmosphere and the players are nice," Kemp said. "Everything about it was a good fit for me."

Alabama now holds a pair of verbal commitments. To go with Kemp, they also have a Schuamburg (Ill.) High product Cully Payne on board.

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