RETAbet Bilbao Basket bolstered its frontcourt with the signing of center Tim Kempton Jr. on a one-year deal. Kempton (2.08 meters, 22 years old) is set to start his professional career in Bilbao. He arrives from Lehigh University, where he averaged 20.4 points and 10.3 rebounds in 31 NCAA games last season and was twice named Patriot League Conference Player of the Year during his four seasons at the school. His father, Tim Kempton Sr., was also a professional basketball player with a long career in European basketball that featured stops in Italy, Spain, Turkey and France.
"Tim Kempton Jr is a big man with a lot of resources on offense, with his back to the basket, but also facing the rim; he hit over 40% of his three-point shots in his senior year," Bilbao sport director Raul Lopez said. "He is a great rebounder, especially on defense, a hard worker with a high basketball IQ. He improved his numbers and shooting percentages over the years, getting better as his college career went on."