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University of Kentucky basketball recruit Shawn Kemp, 1987

Posted on April 26, 2017 | in Uncategorized | by

University of Kentucky basketball recruit Shawn Kemp on July 3, 1987, during a break between games in the Kentucky Prep All-Star Festival at Memorial Coliseum. Kemp, one of the hottest basketball properties on the college recruiting lists at the time, wedged Lexington into his basketball tour that summer. He had come from a basketball camp in New Jersey and left Lexington for a brief pit stop in his hometown, Elkhart, Ind. before heading to a tournament in Arkansas. During the two-game tournament in Lexington, Kemp had 14 points, 12 rebounds, five assists and two blocks in his first game. In the second game, he scored 27 and grabed 14 rebounds. Widely regarded as one of the nation’s top three or four high school seniors that year, Kemp chose to play college ball at UK over Indiana, Iowa, Nevada-Las Vegas, Syracuse, and Ohio University. He had to sit out his first year after failing to qualify under NCAA freshman eligibility requirements and later transferred from UK after trying to pawn gold chains that had been stolen from guard Sean Sutton. Kemp was widely reguarded as one of the best “none-and-done” players to make it to UK’s campus. He went on to play 14 seasons in the NBA, making the All-Star Game six times. Photo by David Perry | Staff

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