5  Willie Kemp
Willie Kemp

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Bolivar, Tenn.

High School:
Bolivar Central

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 184

Position:
Guard

Birthdate:
01/01/1987

Experience:
3L


01/03/2014

Memphis Basketball Notes Vs. Cincinnati

Tigers-Bearcats to rekindle conference rivalry Saturday at FedExForum.

01/11/2007

at Houston

at Houston

12/14/2006

Memphis vs. Austin Peay (12-14-2006)

Memphis vs. Austin Peay (12-14-2006)

Career Summary

Played in 147 games and made 64 starts ... Averaged 5.4 points, 1.6 rebounds and 2.3 assists ... Shot 36.7 percent from the field and 35.5 percent from the arc ... Had 341 assists and 133 steals ... Posted a 2.2 assist-to-turnover ratio ... Netted 795 career points.

On The Charts

His 147 games played are the fourth-most in school history ... His 162 treys made place him in the No. 6 spot on the career three-pointers made list ... His 456 three-point attempts are also the sixth-most in Tiger history ... The 35.5 three-point field goal percentage is just outside the top-10 on Memphis all-time three-point field goal percentage list ... His 341 assists are just five shy of entering the top-10 on the school's career assists list.

Team Accomplishments

A member of Tiger teams from 2007-10 that posted a 128-20 record (.865 winning percentage) ... The 128 victories are the eighth-most for a four-year class in NCAA Division I history ... Averaged 32 wins per season ... Helped the Tigers to four-consecutive 20-plus win seasons, including three-straight 30-win campaigns from 2007-09 (33-4 in 2006-07 and 2008-09, 38-2 in 2007-08) ... Tigers earned four-consecutive postseason appearances (3 NCAA in 2007, 2008, 2009; NIT in 2010) ... Team posted a combined record of 104-10 (.912 winning percentage) from 2007-09 ... The 104 victories are tied for the most wins in a three-year span (2007-09) in NCAA Division I history (Memphis from 2006-08 and Kentucky from 1996-98 also won 104 games) ... The 71 victories (2007-08, 2008-09) are tied for the second-most wins in a two-year span in NCAA Division I history (Montana State won 72 from 1928-29) ...Tigers advanced to the 2008 NCAA title game, 2007 NCAA Elite Eight and 2009 NCAA Sweet Sixteen ... Finished all three seasons ranked in the top five of the Associated Press poll (No. 5 in 2006-07, No. 2 in 2007-08, No. 3 in 2008-09) ... In 2008-09, Memphis posted a 33-4 overall record and recorded a school-record 27-game win streak ... In 2007-08, helped Memphis to a 38-2 overall record and the NCAA championship game, where the Tigers finished as national runner-up to Kansas ... The 38 wins are the most for a single season in NCAA Division I history ... Memphis advanced to the Final Four for first time since 1985 and the NCAA title game for the first time since 1973 ... Tigers climbed to the No. 1 spot in both national polls for first time since 1983 ... Memphis held on to No. 1 national ranking for a school-record five-straight weeks ... Tigers began 2007-08 season with a 26-0 record, the best start to a campaign in school history ... Memphis won three-straight Conference USA regular season and tournament titles (2007, 2008, 2009) ... In all three seasons, Memphis posted undefeated 16-0 records in C-USA play - a first in league history ... During his career, Tigers won tied NCAA Division I mark for most consecutive conference wins (regular season and tournament) with 64-straight league wins ... Memphis set the NCAA Division I mark for most consecutive conference regular season victories with 52 straight ... In 2009-10 season, Tigers posted a 24-10 overall record and a 13-3 C-USA mark (second place) and advanced to the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) second round.

2009-10 Season (Senior)

Played in all 34 games and made 26 starts ... Played 1,033 minutes, the most for a single season in his career ... Posted career highs for a season for points (251), scoring average (7.4), assists (145), assists average (4.3) and steals (51) ... Shot a career-best (season) 38.5 percent from the field and 64.6 percent from the free throw line ... Shot 37.1 percent from the three-point arc ... Ranked among Conference USA leaders in assists (8th), steals (14th) and assist-to-turnover ratio (4th) ...

Postseason (NIT/C-USA Tournament): Played in all three postseason games and made two starts ... Averaged 8.3 points, 2.3 rebounds and 4.0 assists in the postseason ... Shot 45 percent from the field, 40 percent from the arc and 71.4 percent from the free throw line ... In two NIT games, averaged 5.0 points, 2.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists ... Shot 30 percent from the floor, 66.7 percent from the three-point line and 66.7 percent from the charity stripe ... Scored nine points and had four boards and four assists vs. Ole Miss in the NIT second round ... Was 2-of-2 from the arc vs. the Rebels ... Came off bench in NIT first-round game vs. St. John's ... Dished out three assists vs. the Red Storm ... In the C-USA Tournament vs. Houston, played what many observers say was the best game of his career ... Scored a season-high 15 points, pulled down three rebounds and dished out five assists in a setback to the Cougars ... Shot 6-of-10 from the floor and 3-of-4 from the free throw line vs. Houston ... Logged a career-high 38 minutes of action vs. the Cougars ... Netted all 15 points in final 11 minutes of the game ... Scored 15 of Memphis' final 25 points in the contest, including 10 of the team's last 12 points ... His layup with 4:25 left in the game put Memphis ahead 59-57, the Tigers' first lead since the 12:25 mark of the first half ... Hit layup with :15 left put Memphis ahead 65-64 ...

Conference USA play: Saw game action in all 16 C-USA contests ... Started final nine league games ... Averaged 6.8 points, 2.2 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.4 steals ... Had a 2.6 assist-to-turnover ratio, and the ratio increased to 3.6 in his nine C-USA starts ... Shot 38.9 percent from the floor, 40.8 percent from the arc and 65.2 percent from the free throw line ... Ranked among conference leaders (C-USA games only) in assists (8th), steals (10th) and assist-to-turnover ratio (2nd) ... In his final regular season home game as a Tiger, dished out a career-high 10 assists in a victory over Tulsa ... Also had four points, two boards and two steals vs. the Golden Hurricane ... Had six points, four assists and a season-high tying four steals in a road win at UAB ... Hit two FT with :12 left to help seal the win over the Blazers ... Posted four points and five assists in back-to-back games vs. Southern Miss (home) and Houston (road) ... Scored 10 points and added five dimes in a home win over SMU ... Scored eight points and had seven assists, three boards and two steals in a road victory at Tulane ... Netted six points and dished out five assists in a road win at Tulsa ... Scored 10 points vs. UCF ... Scored 11 points and added four assists and two steals in a home win over Houston ... Had 11 points, five assists and three boards at Rice ... Scored 13 points (C-USA regular season high) and grabbed four boards vs. East Carolina ... Scored three points (3-of-4 FT) in a road win at Southern Miss ... Hit the game-winning two FT with :04 left to give Memphis the 59-57 win ...

Non-conference play (regular season games only): Started all 15 non-conference regular season games ... Averaged 7.8 points, 2.3 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.9 steals ... Shot 36.8 percent from the floor, 33.3 percent from the arc and 62.9 percent from the free throw line ... Had seven points and three assists in a home loss to Gonzaga ... Dished out seven dimes and added a season-high tying four steals at Syracuse ... Scored 11 points and had three rebounds and three steals vs. Houston Baptist ... Netted his 11 points on 4-of-6 FG and 3-of-5 treys ... Scored nine points and had eight assists vs. IUPUI ... Posted 10 points, four rebounds, four steals (tied season high) and three assists vs. Southeast Missouri State ... Scored nine points and had three assists and a season-best four steals vs. UMass ... Had a solid all-around game vs. Arkansas State with 11 points, eight rebounds (career high), six assists and two steals vs. the Red Wolves ... Scored 11 points and had four assists vs. Central Arkansas ... Had 11 points (4-of-6 FG, 3-of-5 treys), six assists and four rebounds in a home win over Tennessee Tech ... Scored seven points and handed out three assists vs. Kansas in the Hall of Fame Showcase in St. Louis, Mo. ... Hit two FT and assisted on Doneal Mack's three-pointer in the final two minutes to keep the Tigers within striking distance of the Jayhawks ... Opened the season with four points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals in a home victory over Jackson State.

2008-09 Season (Junior)

Played in 36 of the Tigers' 37 games ... Made two starts ... Averaged 2.9 points, 0.9 rebounds and 1.2 assists ... Had one blocked shot and 33 steals ... Shot 28.3 percent from the floor and 63.6 percent from the free throw line ...

Postseason (NCAA/C-USA Tournaments): Saw action in all six postseason games ... Averaged 1.5 points, 0.7 boards and 0.8 assists ... Shot 22.2 percent from the field and 57.1 percent from the free throw line ... In NCAA Tournament play (three games), averaged 2.3 points while shooting 50 percent from the field, 50 percent from the arc and 66.7 percent from the free throw line ... Played three minutes vs. Missouri in the NCAA Tournament West Region semifinal ... Scored six points and added one rebound and one assist in the Tigers' NCAA Tournament second round win over Maryland ... Had one point, one assist and one steal vs. Cal State Northridge in the NCAA Tournament first round ...In the Conference USA Tournament, averaged 0.7 points, 1.0 rebounds and 1.0 assists ... Played six minutes vs. Tulsa in the C-USA Tournament championship game ... Scored two points and added three rebounds and one assist vs. Houston in the C-USA Tournament semifinal ... Played a postseason-high 15 minutes vs. the Cougars ... Had two assists and two steals vs. Tulane in the C-USA Tournament quarterfinal ...

Conference USA play: Played in all 16 C-USA games ... Averaged 3.1 points, 0.9 rebounds and 1.4 assists ... Had 10 games with no turnovers ... Shot 31.4 percent from the field and 31.6 percent from the arc ... Had two rebounds and two steals in a home win over Southern Miss ... Scored two points and added one rebound, two assists and two steals in a road win at UTEP ... Had no turnovers in 11 minutes of action vs. the Miners ... Had four points, one assist, one block and two steals in a home win over SMU ... Scored three points and had one rebound, two assists and three steals in a home win over Tulsa ... Netted three points and dished out two assists vs. Houston ... Scored nine points and added two boards and a season-high tying five assists in a road victory at East Carolina ... Scored all nine points on 3-of-4 shooting from the arc ... Played a career-high 33 minutes in a home win over UAB ... Netted a season-high tying 14 points vs. the Blazers ... Also has three assists (no turnovers) and two steals vs. UAB ... Scored five points and had two boards and a career-best five steals in the Tigers' buzzer-beater win at Tulsa ... Was a part of the game-winning play vs. the Golden Hurricane with only 0:04.5 left on the clock ... Inbounded the ball to Antonio Anderson in stride near mid-court, and Anderson scored the game-winning layup at the buzzer ... Played 22 minutes vs. Tulsa ... Scored three points in a road win at UCF ... Had three points and two assists in the C-USA opener vs. Marshall ...

Non-conference play (regular season games only): Played in all 14 of Memphis' 15 non-league games ... Averaged 3.4 points, 0.9 rebounds and 1.1 assists ... Shot 26.4 percent from the floor and 70.6 percent from the charity stripe ... Had three points, one assist and one steal in a road win at nationally-ranked Gonzaga ... Scored five points and had two boards, one assist and one steal in a road win at Tennessee ... Was a part of a clutch play to end the first half vs. the Volunteers ... Inbounded the ball to Antonio Anderson in stride near mid-court, and Anderson pulled up for a 30-foot three-pointer at the halftime buzzer ... The play cut the Tennessee lead to 29-28 at the intermission and gave Memphis momentum going into the second half ... Scored nine points in a home win over Lamar ... Netted all nine points on 3-of-5 shooting from the arc ... Had two points, one assist and one steal vs. Northeastern ... Posted three points, two rebounds, two assists and one steal vs. Marist ... Scored two points and dished out one assist vs. Xavier in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off championship game ... Netted a season-high 14 points in Memphis' win over Seton Hall in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off semifinal ... Was 6-of-6 from the free throw line vs. the Pirates ... The six free throws made were a career best ... Also had two boards and one assist vs. Seton Hall ... Scored five points and dished out two assists in a home win over UMass ... Was 5-of-6 from the charity stripe vs. the Minutmen ... Had five points, one rebound, four steals and a season-high five assists in the season opener vs. Fairfield.

2007-08 Season (Sophomore)

Played in all 40 games, setting the school record for most games played in a single season (holds record with Chris Douglas-Roberts, Derrick Rose and Antonio Anderson) ... Came off bench as team's sixth man ... Averaged 5.0 points, 1.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists ... Had a 3:1 assist-to-turnover ratio (60 assists/20 turnovers) ... Averaged only 0.04 turnovers per minutes played (20 turnovers/552 minutes) ... Had only three games with two or more turnovers ... Recorded no turnovers in 24 games ... Was second on the team with 51 three-pointers made ... Shot 38.3 percent from the floor and 36.7 percent from the three-point arc ... Had three blocks and 25 steals ...

Postseason (NCAA/C-USA Tournaments): Saw action in all nine postseason games ... Averaged 3.4 points, 0.7 boards and 0.7 assists ... Shot 37.5 percent from the arc (9-of-24) and 100 percent from the free throw line (4-of-4) ... In NCAA Tournament play (six games), averaged 4.2 points while shooting 53.8 percent from the field, 53.8 percent from the arc and 100 percent from the free throw line ... Played four minutes each vs. UCLA and Kansas in the NCAA Final Four ... Hit two key free throws vs. Texas in the NCAA Tournament South Region title game ... Scored eight points and had one assist vs. Michigan State in the NCAA Tournament South Region semifinal ... Was 2-of-2 from the arc and 2-of-2 from the free throw line in the win over the Spartans ... Came up big for the Tigers in their NCAA Tournament second round win over Mississippi State ... Scored 12 points and added one assist and one rebound vs. the Bulldogs ... Was 4-of-5 from the arc vs. Mississippi State ... Hit three treys in first half vs. the Bulldogs that turned a 18-12 deficit into a 26-22 lead ... Scored three points vs. Texas-Arlington in NCAA Tournament first round game ... In C-USA Tournament, averaged 2.0 points and 1.7 rebounds ... Had three points, two boards, three assists and two steals vs. Tulsa in the C-USA Tournament title game ... Grabbed two boards and had one assist and one blocked shot vs. Southern Miss in the C-USA Tournament semifinal ... Scored three points vs. Tulane in the C-USA Tournament quarterfinal ...

Conference USA play: Played in all 16 C-USA games ... Averaged 4.8 points, 1.0 rebounds and 1.9 assists ... Had five games with three or more assists ... Shot 36 percent from the field and 32.1 percent from the arc ... Had nine points, two assists and two boards in the regular season finale vs. UAB ... Scored seven points and had two steals in a win at Southern Miss ... Hit two key first-half treys to keep Memphis in the lead in Hattiesburg ... Netted a C-USA season-high 14 points vs. Tulsa ... Hit four treys vs. the Golden Hurricane ... Had six points, two rebounds and four assists vs. UCF ... Scored seven points and had four boards and a season-high five assists vs. SMU ... Had eight points and three assists in a win at Houston ... Hit two key first-half treys vs. the Cougars that turned a 16-18 deficit to a 22-18 lead (Tigers did not trail the rest of the game) ... Scored eight points in a home win over Southern Miss ... Had five points, three rebounds and four assists vs. East Carolina ...

Non-conference play (regular season games only): Played in all 15 non-league games ... Averaged 6.3 points, 1.1 rebounds and 1.6 assists ... Had a 4:1 assist-to-turnover ratio (24 assists/6 turnovers) ... Shot 41.9 percent from the floor, 40.7 percent from the arc and 61.5 percent from the charity stripe ... Had 12 points and four assists vs. Pepperdine ... Posted six points, three rebounds and three assists vs. Siena ... Had two points and two assists in a home victory over Georgetown ... Had key assist of game when he found Robert Dozier for a layup at the halftime buzzer for a 43-40 lead ... Momentum from the play carried over to the second half and an 85-71 win ... Converted a clutch three-point play in a 7-0 second-half run vs. Cincinnati that extended a 44-40 lead to 51-40 ... Tied a season high with three steals vs. Middle Tennessee ... Scored eight points and grabbed three boards in the overtime win over Southern Cal in the Jimmy V Classic ... Had nine points, three assists and two steals vs. Austin Peay ... Netted a career-high 22 points vs. Arkansas State ... Tied career best for field goals made (8) and three-point field goals made (6) ... Had a season-high three steals vs. the Indians ... Scored six points and added four boards and two assists vs. Oklahoma in the 2k Sports College Hoops Classic semifinals ... Had 11 points and four boards vs. Richmond in the 2k Sports College Hoops Classic/Memphis Regional title game ... Scored 10 points and had three boards and three assists vs. Tennessee-Martin in the 2k Sports College Hoops Classic/Memphis Regional.

2006-07 Season (Freshman)

Played in all 37 games and started 36 ... Only missed start came on the Tigers' Senior Day (Clyde Wade started in his place) ... Averaged 6.4 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.2 assists ... Shot 38.1 percent from the field, 38.6 percent from the three-point line and 41 percent from the free throw line ... The 38.6 three-point percentage is the sixth-best mark by a Tiger freshman in school history ... Hit 51 treys, which is the fourth-most by a Tiger freshman in school history ... Dished out 82 assists (third on team) and had 24 steals ... Ranked among Conference USA freshman leaders in scoring (9th), three-point field goal percentage (6th), assists (6th) and steals (10th) ...

Postseason (NCAA/C-USA Tournaments): Started all seven postseason games ... Averaged 5.3 points and 1.6 rebounds in the postseason ... Shot 37.8 percent from the field and 41.2 percent from the arc ... In four NCAA Tournament games, averaged 4.8 points and 1.0 rebounds ... Shot 33.3 percent from the floor and 50 percent from the three-point line ... Finished first collegiate season with a 12-point performance vs. Ohio State in the NCAA Tournament South Region final ... Scored his 12 points on 4-of-5 shooting from the arc ... Netted seven points vs. Texas A&M in the NCAA Tournament South Region semifinal ... Only averaged 10 minutes in the Tigers' first two NCAA Tournament games vs. North Texas and Nevada (did not score in either contest) ... In Conference USA Tournament, averaged 6.0 points and 2.3 rebounds ... Shot 43.8 percent from the field and 28.6 percent from the arc ... Had 10 points, two rebounds and two assists in the Tigers' C-USA Tournament championship game win over Houston ... Scored six points and pulled down three boards vs. Tulane in the C-USA Tournament semifinal ... Recorded a season-high four steals vs. Marshall in the C-USA Tournament quarterfinal ...

Conference USA play: Played in all 16 league games and started 15 (lone non-start was Senior Day) ... Averaged 6.0 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.1 assists vs. Conference USA foes ... Shot 42.4 percent from the field and 41.5 percent from the arc in league games ... Had a 2.1 assist-to-turnover ratio (34 assists, 16 turnovers) ... Had four double-figure scoring contests vs. C-USA opponents ... In those four double-figure scoring games, had a 6:1 assist-to-turnover ratio (12 assists, 2 turnovers) ... Had seven points, three boards and three assists vs. Houston in regular season home finale ... Scored 20 points (C-USA high) and had two assists (no turnovers) and three steals vs. Rice ... Posted 13 points, four assists and no turnovers vs. Tulane ... Had 11 points and six assists (one turnover) vs. SMU ... Scored nine points and added seven rebounds (tied career high) and three assists vs. Tulsa ... Netted 12 points and grabbed five boards vs. UAB ... Dished out five assists in a road win at Houston ... Had eight points, seven rebounds (career high) and five assists vs. Marshall ...

Non-conference play (regular season games only): Started all 14 non-Conference USA regular season games ... Averaged 7.4 points, 2.6 rebounds and 3.0 assists ... Scored a season-high 21 points in a home win over Cincinnati ... Also set career highs for three-pointers made (6) and attempted (9) vs. the Bearcats ... Dished out a season-high nine assists (one turnover) vs. Middle Tennessee ... Also scored 11 points and pulled down six boards vs. the Blue Raiders ... Had 10 points, five rebounds and four assists vs. Manhattan ... Scored 12 points and added three boards and two steals vs. Kentucky in the EA Sports Maui Invitational third-place game ... Scored 12 points vs. Oklahoma in the EA Sports Maui Invitational quarterfinal ... Had five points and five assists vs. Jackson State in his first collegiate game.

High School

Named 2006 Tennessee's Class AA Mr. Basketball ... Also named The Jackson Sun All-West Tennessee Player of the Year ... Averaged 18.8 points, 5.4 rebounds and 7.7 assists in helping lead Bolivar Central to a 29-11 overall record and a spot in the Class AA state quarterfinals ... Led Bolivar Central to a 117-25 record in his four varsity seasons ... Scored over 1,900 points and dished out over 800 assists in his prep career ... Helped lead Bolivar Central to back-to-back Tennessee Class AA state titles in 2004 and 2005 ... Named Class AA Tournament MVP in 2005 ... Was a Tennessee Class AA Mr. Basketball finalist in 2005 ... Named to the All-West Tennessee first team as a sophomore and junior ... Also selected All-West Tennessee Newcomer of the Year in 2003 ... Prior to senior year, named to HoopScoopOnline.com All-America team ... Rated No. 6 point guard in the nation by Scout.com ... Rivals.com ranked him the No. 46 player in the nation, No. 6 point guard in the country, and No. 4 player in Tennessee ... Played in Derby Festival Classic in April 2006 ... Had 13 points and eight assists in Memphis All-Star Classic in April 2006 ... Averaged 20.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 7.0 assists as a junior.

Personal

Born January 1, 1987 ... Son of Maxine Kemp ... A Sport and Leisure Management major.

Kemp's Career Stats
GP-GS MIN/AVG FG-A FG-Pct 3G-A 3pt-Pct
FT-A FT-pct OR-DR
Tot/Avg
A TO BL ST Pts/Avg
06-07 37-36 793/21.4 85-223 .381 51-132 .386 16-39 .410 21-64 85/2.3 82 48 2 24 237/6.4
07-08 40-0 552/13.8 67-175 .383 51-139 .367 16-25 .640 9-30 39/1.0 60 20 3 25 201/5.0
08-09 36-2 485/13.5 32-113 .283 21-80 .263 21-33 .636 10-22 32/0.9 44 19 1 33 106/2.9
09-10 34-26 1031/30.3 85-221 .385 39-105 .371 42-65 .646 14-62 76/2.2 145 67 4 51 251/7.4
Totals 147-64 2861/19.5 269-732 .367 162-456 .355 95-162 .586 54-178 232/1.6 331 154 10 133 795/5.4

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