Shawn Kemp, Jr. signs with Washington

Seattle will once again have a Shawn Kemp to cheer.

Shawn Kemp, Jr., whose father starred for the SuperSonics, has signed with Washington and gives the Huskies a much-needed big man.

Arriving in Seattle has been a long time coming for the 6-foot-9, 265-pounder. Washington was among the schools recruiting him out of high school, and the Huskies got back in the mix after his commitments to Alabama and Auburn were done in by academic issues. He attended high school in Canton, Ga., and then post graduate school at Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Va.

Coming to Washington means coach Lorenzo Romar was able to add another big man to a recruiting class that was in need of some. "He gives us additional size and athleticism up front," Romar said in a statement.

The son of one of the greatest leapers in NBA history began school Thursday in a Washington program called Summer LEAP, which is designed to give Huskies athletes an opportunity to get acclimated to college life and the school's academics.

For Kemp, Jr., who was once the No. 34-ranked center by ESPNU, simply getting a chance to play college basketball is big. He might not be the NBA prospect coming out of high school like his father was, but there was enough potential for Washington to give him a scholarship and Auburn to sign him back in 2009.

"Shawn Kemp has tremendous upside," then-Auburn coach Jeff Lebo said in a statement at the time. "He ... can shoot the ball from the perimeter and has a legitimate low post game. Shawn is a kid who has really unlimited potential to go certainly to the next level with his play. He can block shots. He can run.

"He is just on the first step of becoming a very good basketball player."