June 27, 2017
By: Erica Rose
For the second time in four years, a Lehigh University graduate will play in the NBA Summer League and this time it’s Tim Kempton. Kempton worked out for eight teams leading up to the 2017 draft, however he was not selected this past Thursday. He has however, accepted an opportunity to play for the Milwaukee Bucks’ Summer League team from July 7-July 17 in Las Vegas, with hopes of earning an NBA contract.
Obviously this is an incredible opportunity for the 6’10 C/F who left an impression on many teams including Milwaukee. "The Bucks only bring 13 guys to camp, including Thon Maker and some of the guys currently on the Bucks' roster," said Kempton's agent Ronnie Zeidel of RZA Sports. "Tim is part of the rotation and they're excited to have him. We wanted a team that made sense for him. Before Summer League, he'll be working out in a mini camp with (Bucks head coach) Jason Kidd and his staff this coming Monday (June 26) through Friday (June 30)." *Quote courtesy of Lehighsports.com
Kempton will go up against some of the league's top young talent, including recent draft picks, signees, and even some players who have seen NBA action. I know this is unnecessary to state, but the goal for Kempton is to earn a spot on an NBA team. However, if Kempton should not achieve that goal he is still in a great situation. Kempton recently signed a contract with Bilboa Basket out of the Asociacion de Clubs de Baloncesto (ACB). Bilboa Basket is the top league in Spain.
You can’t argue that Kempton left his mark at Lehigh, and now he is hoping to do the same at the next level.
Another fun fact I felt would be cool to mention: Tim Kempton Jr. is the son of Notre Dame grad Tim Kempton. In 1986 Kempton was selected in the 6th round of the NBA draft by the Los Angeles Clippers where he played 8 seasons in the NBA.