QUIET WYATT: Wyatt Kemper jumps high for Hawks

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Senior Seahawk Wyatt Kemper goes up for an inside shot against Walton. "I think we can thrive under pressure," Kemper said.

Tina Harbuck | The Sun
Published: Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 04:53 PM.

Wyatt Kemper is a young man of few words, but many rebounds

Kemper, an 18-year-old senior power-forward for the South Walton Seahawks, is leading the varsity basketball team in rebounds with more than 60 to his credit.

In last week’s 64-60 loss to county-rival Walton County High Braves, Kemper pulled down 22 rebounds and scored 13 points, and then in a 55-40 road-victory over Port St. Joe he grabbed 12 rebounds. After the win over Port St. Joe on Dec. 13, the Seahawks sit at 5-4 overall and 3-0 in the district.

"I like being a threat," said the 6-foot-4 forward. "I like it when coaches tell their players to worry about me."

But most of all he just likes being on the court and playing ball.

It wasn't always that way. Kemper, the son of Gary and Tess Kemper of Santa Rosa Beach, started playing basketball in the YMCA recreational league in Walton County, then played as a seventh grader at Emerald  Coast Middle School

"I didn't like it as much in middle school," Kemper said. "I wasn't as good. I didn't feel like I was a threat on the court."

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