Ok, let’s get this out of the way first. Yes, he’s his son. That Shawn Kemp is his dad. Alright, now that we got that out of the way, we can continue moving down the list…
The good news is that precious list has brought us to Shawn Kemp, Jr., a lanky, athletic 6’9″, 215 pound center from Canton, Ga whose development over the past two years has shot him up toward the top of the 2009 rankings. Kemp, a five-star player, is ranked by Rivals as the 4th best center in the class and as 25th best player overall. Kemp is still regarded as a bit of a project by most recruiting analysts, but he’s been given that “upside” label that makes coaches and fans salivate, partially because he’s said to have the growth potential (?) to be 7’2″. This status as a raw, still undeveloped player has him ranked by Scouts.com as a three-star player and the 21st-best center in the class.
Last year as junior at Cherokee HS, his first full-year, Kemp averaged 12 points and 8 rebounds. Those relatively pedestrian stats, though, are not what have coaches after the young man. He gets up and down the floor with speed and jumps very well, giving him the ability to finish above the rim and block shots. As he continues to develop his fundamental skills (word is that he’s developed a lethal, soft touch on his hook shots), his stock should continue to rise. Kemp has said that he has an offer from UK but, according to Rivals, he’s only been offered by Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Marquette and Ole Miss, although he’s being recruited by a slew of teams. Outside of Kentucky, the most prestigious are Tennessee and Florida and the rest are more of your mid-level programs.
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