GREENVILLE, N.C. - Six-foot-seven forward Maurice Kemp Jr. has signed a National Letter-of-Intent to attend East Carolina University and play basketball for the Pirates beginning with the 2011-12 season head coach Jeff Lebo announced Wednesday.
Kemp averaged 16.7 points and 9.9 rebounds per game as a sophomore at Miami Dade College this past season and earned first-team All-Florida Community College Activities Association honors while helping lead the Sharks to a 21-11 record. Kemp ranked 17th nationally in rebounding and 12th in Region XIII in scoring. He connected on 59 percent of his field goal attempts and 52 percent of his 3-point shots.
"We are very excited that Maurice has officially become a Pirate," Lebo said. "He is a multi-dimensional player who will be able to play a lot of different positions for us."
A native of Pembroke Pines, Fla., Kemp attended Dade Christian High where he averaged 26 points and 11 rebounds as a senior. Kemp signed with Alabama A&M out of high school, but spent just one season there before electing to transfer.
Kemp joins fellow junior college transfer Shamarr Bowden of Chipola Junior College (Fla.), Paris Roberts-Campbell of United Faith Christian Academy (N.C.) and Paul Stone of Dan River (Va.), who committed during the early signing period.
The NCAA Division I spring men's basketball signing period runs from April 13 - May 18.