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October 6, 2008 5:19 PM

Shawm Kemp Jr. to Alabama

Posted by Bob Condotta

Rivals.com is reporting that Shawn Kemp Jr., who had at one point been said to be considering Washington among several other schools, will stay close to home and attend Alabama.

Here's the story.

Kemp, from Canton, Ga., said he chose Alabama because "they've wanted me for a long time now and I wanted to stay close to home. With them it's not too far and not too close and it's a great situation. That has really helped me make my decision.''

Kemp, the son of former Sonic Shawn Kemp, had said he was intrigued by the thought of playing in the same city where his father made his professional name.

But Kemp visited Alabama over the weekend and said he liked the fact that the school is about a three-hour drive from his house. And according to Rivals.com, Kemp's interest in UW may not have been that strong at the end --- the web site lists 12 schools on Kemp's list of college choices, none of them the Huskies.

Interestingly, Alabama is coached by Mark Gottfried, who UW coach Lorenzo Romar considers one of his best friends in the business since the days when they worked together as assistants at UCLA.


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