Shawn Kemp returns to Concord as Minutemen honor '88 & '90 teams

Shawn Kemp has been back at Concord High School since graduating in 1988 but never for a basketball game.

Friday night, for the first time in more than 25 years, one of Michiana's all-time best basketball players was back at McCuen Gym.

The Minutemen honored Kemp and the 1988 team along with the 1990 team, both of whom won Semi-State championships before losing in the Indiana High School state finals.

"I get a chance to see my old teammates and and friends in this area and that's what it's all about," Kemp said. "The older you get, you appreciation where you came from--the foundation in life and I definitely have an appreciation for that and it's been a fun night for me."

Kemp went on to have a superstar career in the NBA where he was a multi-time All-Star with the Seattle Supersonics but can he believe its been more than 25 years since his Concord playing days?

"Don't tell anybody that--don't tell anybody that," Kemp said with a big laugh. "It's been a while. You look at and say it doesn't feel like 25 years ago but it definitely was a long time ago."

Jim Hahn was Kemp's coach, leading the Minutemen to the state finals twice.

"This is so great," Hahn said after the halftime ceremony honoring his two teams. "So nice to have a lot of the players back. A lot of great memories in this gym with these kids."

Before he was even introduced to the crowd, fans started chanting "dunk, dunk dunk" at Kemp. With a big smile. He hurled up an NBA three point attempt and sunk it home on the first try.

"Dunk, Dunk, Dunk," the chants grew louder for a man who was known for some of the most spectacular dunks ever.

Kemp took the ball game and moved towards the basket and then decided against the dunk attempt. It's been 25 since he dunked at McCuen Gym. Those legs aren't quite the same anymore.

Kemp will give back to the Elkhart community Saturday when he co-hosts a clinic for 2nd thru 8th grades at Concord High School along with the Minutemen coaching staff. The cost is $20 and registration is available Saturday morning beginning at 9:15am.


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