Shawn Kemp Jr. opened up about his battle with Graves’ disease, the autoimmune condition that adversely affects the thyroid. He said he lost about 20 pounds and needed to undergo a radiation treatment and weekly medical exams while doctors tried to find the proper anti-thyroid medication for him.
About two weeks ago, he switched medications and said he feels close to 100 percent. He’s also regained his weight and is back to 255 pounds. It’s probably no coincidence Kemp played his best game of the season last Saturday when he notched 13 points in 19 minutes.
THURSDAY MORNING LINKS:
— It’s uncertain if 6-11 center Waverly Austin will play Thursday, which leaves Oregon with a small front line similar to Washington’s. Without Austin, the Ducks would rely on 6-8 Richard Amardi or 6-6 Elgin Cook to start at center alongside 6-8 forward Mike Moser.
— Colorado returns to McKale Center, the site of last year’s controversial loss to Arizona.
— UCLA looks to regain its shooting touch when the Bruins host Stanford.
— Utah needs to start winning Pac-12 road games before anyone takes the Utes seriously.
— The shocker of the night was at Galen Center where two teams who appeared headed in opposite directions collided. California was perfect in the Pac-12 at 5-0 heading into Wednesday’s game while USC was 0-5. However, the Trojans led from start to finish for their first conference win, 77-69. Nikola Jovanovic scored a career-high 23 points for USC (10-9, 1-5) Byron Wesley added 14 points and seven rebounds, Julian Jacobs and Pe’Shon Howard had 12 points each. Howard also had 10 assists.
— Cal had its six-game overall winning streak snapped and its four-game streak against USC ended. Justin Cobbs scored 22 points and Jordan Matthews added 18 for the Golden Bears (14-5, 5-1).
— Pac-12 scoring leader Roberto Nelson scored 26 points and hit 11 free throws to help Oregon State to its first conference road win, a 66-55 victory at Washington State. Angus Brandt chipped in 14 points on 6 of 9 shooting from the field for the Beavers (11-7, 3-3), which moved into a three-way tie with Washington and Utah for sixth place in the league standings.
— It was the third straight loss for Washington State. The Cougars were down by 11 with 6:15 remaining in the game. They hit a three-pointer followed by back-to-back 3’s from D.J. Shelton, who scored a career-high 24 points, to cut the led to six, 56-50. However, WSU (8-11, 1-6) never got any closer.