Thursday, May 16, 2013

Montana Signs Forward Chris Kemp

The Montana Grizzlies entered the offseason with a need for frontcourt help, and they helped address that with the commitment of forward John "Chris" Kemp out of West Texas College.

Kemp is 6'7'', and will be a junior this year.

"Chris is a very, very explosive post player and extremely strong around the basket," said Tinkle, who has guided UM to a school-record three NCAA berths during his tenure. "He has the potential to be a dominating defender and rebounder - areas which we really need to improve upon in the post.
He averaged 7.2 points and 6.6 rebounds per game, but played limited minutes because of the rotating system of the team he played on. From all accounts, he is very athletic and tough, and seems to be well-rounded on both ends of the court. The stat line doesn't look like much, but that seems to be more of a function of minutes and the system he played in.

If he can provide some defense, rebounding (he led his team in rebounding with 6.6 per game), and athleticism upfront, it will be a great pickup for the Grizzlies, and exactly what they need. He should be an immediate contributor for the Griz, and it wouldn't be a surprise at all to see him starting.

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