For weeks Washington said forward Shawn Kemp Jr. had an unspecified illness during training camp that forced him to miss practices. His absence in workouts led to speculation that his condition might explain his lack of production on the court at the start of the season.
On Tuesday afternoon, a few hours before a game against Montana, the school announced Kemp has been battling Graves disease, an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid. He began to develop symptoms in late July before being officially diagnosed in early September.
Kemp is undergoing medical treatment and is expected to be available tonight.
In a press release from UW, the Huskies said they don’t expect Kemp’s on-court performance will be affected once his treatment plan is in full effect.
Kemp has appeared in 60 games, including 19 starts during his three-year tenure. His career averages are 3.9 points per game and 1.9 rebounds per game.
His production rapidly declined in comparison to a fabulous 2012-13 finish when he scored in double figures in seven of the final 15 games.
This season he’s averaging 4.0 points, 2.2 rebounds and 17.2 minutes.
Kemp started the season on the bench, but moved into the starting lineup for three games to replace Jernard Jarreau, who suffered a season-ending injury. Due to a string of ineffective outings, Kemp returned to the bench last Friday and finished with three points, one rebound and one block in 11 minutes.