UPDATE: Link and info from Washington press release at the bottom.
The city of Seattle will have a Kemp on the court once again.
The University of Washington has finally retrieved Shawn Kemp Jr. to play for the Huskies. According to Percy Allen, the Huskies beat writer with the Seattle Times, the announcement's set to come later today.
The younger Kemp, a 6-10 forward, will sign a financial aid agreement. He completes the class of 2011, which includes: guards Tony Wroten Jr., Hikeem Stewart and Andrew Andrews and forwards Jernard Jarreau and Martin Breunig.
Coach Lorenzo Romar said all six incoming freshmen are currently enrolled in summer classes at UW.
"He's got good size," Romar said. "He's a very good athlete. He can run the floor. He's the type of player that plays above the rim. He's a real good defender."
He'll be big in name and size only, for now. Kemp Jr.'s got a lot of knives to sharpen in his game, so it's likely he'll see a lot of pine this season on a Huskies team that doesn't look to have too much drop-off from last season, despite losing guard Isaiah Thomas to the NBA. The class listed in the drop-quote above is very solid, led by Wroten, Jr.
The younger Kemp had quite the tough path on his way to playing for Romar. He initially caught coaches' attention three years ago when his game began to blossom in summer play. It was then that he originally agreed to play at Alabama, when he was classified in the class of 2009.
But Kemp Jr.'s grades were bad, causing him to attend postgraduate school, which he did at Hargrave Military Academy (Chatham, Va.) in 2009-10. Then came a commitment to Auburn.
Again, his grades weren't good enough.
After going through a throng of tests, he's in the clear to attend UW. You wonder how hungry he is for this opportunity, now that it's finally come.
"He signed a scholarship agreement and started summer classes on July 7," according to Washington's press release. "Kemp joins five other Huskies that are participating in the UW’s L.E.A.P. Program: Andrew Andrews, Martin Breunig, Jernard Jarreau, Hikeem Stewart and Tony Wroten. L.E.A.P. is designed to help new players get acclimated to college life and get a head start on academics."Photo via Chris Johnson, Reebok All-American Camp