Fox Names ASU Great Sam Williams And Tim Kempton To TV Crew
Nov. 20, 2001
Fox Sports Net Arizona has named former Phoenix Suns player Tim Kempton and former Arizona State University Sun Devil Sam Williams to ASU men's basketball broadcast lineup, FSN executive producer Tom Pahnke has announced. Kempton serves as the new color commentator, joining long-time play-by-play announcer Tom Dillon.
The duo make their debut this Saturday, Nov. 24, at 4 p.m., when the Sun Devils are on the road to face Brigham Young in Provo, Utah. The game can be seen on Fox Sports Net's syndicated broadcast partner, KUSK.
Williams is the new sideline reporter and is going to be used for selected Sun Devils home games this year.
Kempton played in the National Basketball Association from 1986-2000 for nine different teams, including the Suns in 1992-93 when they advanced to the NBA Finals. A 1986 graduate from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in business administration, he was drafted by the Los Angeles Clippers in the sixth round (124th overall) of the 1986 draft.
After a rookie season with the Clippers, he then went on to play for the Charlotte Hornets (1988-89), Denver Nuggets (1989-90), Phoenix Suns (1992-93), Charlotte & Cleveland Cavaliers (1993-94), Atlanta Hawks (1995-96), San Antonio Spurs (1996-97) and finally with the Orlando Magic & Toronto Raptors in 1997-98. Kempton also played in the CBA and overseas in Europe, leading Glaxo Verona to the Italian League title in 1990-91.
Kempton has previous broadcasting experience as the analyst for the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury in 2001. He is currently part owner of the new Phoenix Eclipse, an American Basketball Association (ABA) team that is set to debut next month.
As for Williams, he lettered for the Arizona State University basketball team from 1979-81, while playing forward for legendary head coach Ned Wulk. An All-Pacific-10 Conference performer as a senior in 1981, Williams played for the 1979-80 & 1980-81 ASU programs that participated in the NCAA Tournament after finishing second in the Pac-10. As a junior, he averaged 12.4 points per game and as a senior, he averaged 13.2 ppg and was named the team's most valuable player. He also had a field goal percentage of 58.3% as a senior, which is tied for the fifth-best mark in school history and his career field goal percentage of 55.5% puts him sixth on ASU's all-time chart.
He graduated from ASU with a degree in interdisciplinary studies with a dual emphasis in communication and sociology.
After his college career, Williams was the 33rd player selected in the 1981 NBA draft (2nd round) by the Golden State Warriors. He also played for the Philadelphia 76ers in an NBA career that lasted from 1981-85. He then played in the Continental Basketball Association and in Europe, Mexico, Japan and China before being hired as an assistant coach for the USC Trojans by Henry Bibby.
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