November 26, 2013 at 12:32 PM
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.
November 25, 2013 at 7:08 PM
UPDATED: 8:23 P.M.
Already thin in the front court, Washington’s backcourt depth will now be tested after the school announced junior guard Hikeem Stewart is leaving the team.
“Hikeem is a great young man that I’ve enjoyed coaching and being around as much as any player that’s played for the Huskies ,” coach Lorenzo Romar said in a statement released by the school. “We hate to see him leave, but I am fully supportive of his decision, and will sincerely support him in whatever direction he goes.”
Washington granted Stewart a full release and he can transfer to any school without restrictions.
The 6-2 guard helped Rainier Beach High to a 3A state title as a junior in 2010. As a senior, he was rated a four-star recruit by ESPN (Scout and Rivals gave him three stars), who had scholarship offers from UCLA, Oregon State, Colorado, Arizona and Arizona State. He was Washington’s first commitment in 2011.
November 22, 2013 at 7:46 PM
C.J. Wilcox was chosen to the 2K Sports Classic all-tournament team.
The Washington senior guard tallied 93 points in the four-game tournament, including 30 in Friday’s 89-78 defeat to Boston College in the consolation game.
Wilcox had 24 points against Indiana and UC Irvine and 15 versus Eastern Washington.
The all-tournament team included: Connecticut guard Shabazz Napier, Indiana guard Kevin ‘Yogi’ Ferrell, Indiana forward Will Sheehey and Boston College forward Ryan Anderson.
Napier was voted the MVP.
November 20, 2013 at 12:24 PM
The 2K Sports Classic championship rounds brings a mixture of talented players who are currently flying under the radar. They could burst on the national with starring performances this week at New York’s Madison Square Garden.
This week’s schedule:
No. 18 Connecticut (4-0) vs. Boston College (1-3), 4 p.m. …………… ESPN2
Indiana (4-0) vs. Washington (2-1), 6 p.m. ……………………………. ESPN2
Consolation game, 2 p.m. …………………………………………….. ESPNU
Championship game, 4:30 p.m. ……………………………………….. ESPN2
And here’s a video compilation of a few players to watch.
November 18, 2013 at 7:18 PM
We’re just starting the second week of the season, but in college basketball it’s never too early to monitor the RPI, which is the biggest measuring tool the Selection Committee uses to determine the 68-team field for the NCAA tournament.
According to the latest CBSsports.com RPI, Washington’s home loss to UC Irvine really hurt the Huskies. They fell to No. 211 among the nation’s 351 teams.
Don’t be too alarmed UW fans. Duke, which is 234, certainly isn’t panicking just yet.
Of course we’re early in the season and Washington (2-1) has ample time and opportunities to climb up the RPI starting this week in New York at the 2K Sports Classic.
Still, it’s interesting to note how the RPI compares with the rankings.
However, a look at the RPI reveals a different order in the Pac-12: Oregon (11), California (22), UCLA (31), Washington State (35), Colorado (68), Stanford (69), Arizona (71), USC (87), Oregon State (121), Arizona State (157) and Utah (321).
— Oregon State’s Roberto Nelson leads the Pac-12 with a 30.3 scoring average. He’s played three games, including a 36-point performance that’s the most for a Pac-12 player this season. Oregon newcomer Joseph Young is second on the league’s scoring list averaging 30.0 points. Washington’s C.J. Wilcox is averaging 20.3 points, which ranks seventh.
— Arizona guard T.J. McConnell is giving the Wildcats everything they’d hoped. He leads the conference with a 6.7 assists average. UW’s Nigel Williams-Goss (5.3) is sixth.
— Washington freshman Darin Johnson is one of two Pac-12 players who have taken 10 or more free throws that’s perfect at the line. He is 13 for 13 while Oregon’s Jason Calliste is 11 for 11.
— Remember when there was concern about Wilcox’s durability? The UW senior is averaging 35.3 minutes, which ranks second in the league.
—Two weeks into the season and the Pac-12 has an overall 29-5 record against non-conference opponents. Not bad, but the conference is still 0-1 against ranked teams. The Pac-12 has a chance to get its first win over a ranked team when Washington State plays No. 13 Gonzaga on Thursday. Washington could also face No. 18 Connecticut in Friday’s finals of the 2K Sports Classic if both teams win its semifinal game.
Arkansas State (2-1) at Colorado (3-1), 6 p.m. …………………. Pac-12 Networks
Fairleigh Dickinson (1-2) at No. 5 Arizona (3-0), 8 p.m. ….. ESPNU
Sacramento State (1-1) at No. 22 UCLA (2-0), 8 p.m. ……… Pac-12 Networks
Southern Utah (1-1) at California (3-0), 8 p.m. ……………….. Pac-12 Networks
Picks: Colorado, Arizona, UCLA and California
Season tally: 22-6
November 18, 2013 at 12:28 PM
Indiana coach Tom Crean answered a few questions on a teleconference call with media about the 2K Sports Classic and the Hoosiers, who face Washington on Thursday at New York’s Madison Square Garden.
(Opening statement) “First of all as always with anything Rick Giles and the Gazelle Group are doing it is an honor to be in it. Judging from the time, the first time I was ever involved with Rick back at Marquette all the way to going into last year, we always come in with a lot of anticipation. We come in with, there’s an enthusiasm level that is high because we know we’re in a first-class event and we’re going to be playing excellent teams and it’s going to be in a big-time venue.
“Our team is excited for it. We’ve played four games at home. We’ve had some big wins. We had a nail-biter that came down to a missed shot at the buzzer last Tuesday night in the first round of this tournament. To us, our guys are really, really excited to play. We’re getting better. Literally we can see it week by week and it’s showing up game by game. This is going to be a whole different deal for us now. Not only because like some of the others we’re going on the road for the first time. But we’re going on the road with so many guys that have never been anywhere in college basketball other than Assembly Hall because we’re so young. We’re bringing in 11 freshmen and sophomores and again, we got to hope that excitement level and that energy level does not override the fact that we have to come in with great intelligence, great discipline and try to build our identity from the very beginning inside of the games.”
(What have you seen in Noah Vonleh and why has he been able to make an impact so quickly?) “We see it everyday because he’s starting to get better. He has a great humility and humbleness because he knows he’s got to get a lot better. He wants to learn. He’s been well coached coming into this. His mother is one of the hardest working people I’ve ever met and it carries right over into the way Noah is. I don’t think any of us are surprised. We know that he’s got high capabilities. He’s got an excellent motor. Again there’s a lot of room for improvement with him. I think his numbers are impressive, but I think his improvement rate is even more impressive. I think he’s getting more comfortable everyday and a lot of that comes because he works so hard and he’s learning how to prepare for the games just as much as he works to get ready for practice.”
November 18, 2013 at 8:45 AM
Washington sophomore forward Jernard Jarreau will undergo surgery today to repair a torn ACL in his right knee.
He’s expected to return in 8-10 months.
Jarreau will not travel with the Huskies this week to New York for a pair of games in the 2K Sports Classic.
MONDAY MORNING LINKS:
— A freshman and free throws led Washington to a 92-80 comeback win over Eastern Washington in the second round of the 2K Sports Classic.
— Here’s a photo gallery from Times photographer Lindsey Wasson.
— With the First Family in attendance, Oregon State produced its best win of the young season, a 90-83 win at Maryland. Roberto Nelson had 31 points and Devon Collier 29 for the Beavers (2-1).
— Chasson Randle scored 29 points to lead Stanford to a 66-57 win at Denver. Anthony Brown added 12 points for the Cardinal, which improved to 3-1.
— Arizona must avoid overlooking opponents when it starts playing in the preseason NIT this week.
— Twenty-three years after is father led Oregon State to it’s last NCAA tournament appearance, Gary Payton II nicknamed “The Mitten” signed with the Beavers.
November 13, 2013 at 3:56 PM
In the video (above), coach Lorenzo Romar talks about Washington signing Timberline High wing Donaven Doresey and Canadian big man Tristan Etienne.
The Huskies coach also addressed forward Jernard Jarreau, who is out with a season-ending ACL tear in his right knee and Thursday’s game against UC Irvine.
Here’s a partial transcript.
November 13, 2013 at 10:28 AM
Washington sophomore forward Jernard Jarreau will miss the rest of the 2013-14 season after tearing his right ACL in Sunday’s season opener.
He’s expected to have surgery in the upcoming weeks, according to UW.
It’s a big blow for the Huskies who are without junior forward Desmond Simmons (knee) at least until mid-December. Washington is hoping forward Perris Blackwell returns for Thursday’s game against UC Irvine after missing the opener due to a concussion.
UW’s other big men on the team include junior forward Shawn Kemp Jr., who is recovering from an unspecified illness, and redshirt sophomore center Gilles Dierickx, who is playing his first season with the team after transferring from Florida International.
The Huskies (1-0) were expecting a big season from Jarreau, a 6-10 forward uniquely suited for the team’s high-post offense.
Coach Lorenzo Romar raved about Jarreau’s offseason development and described him as one of the most improved players on the team.
In Washington’s 95-65 exhibition win over Central Washington, Jarreau finished with 17 points on 7-for-11 shooting, nine rebounds, five assists, three blocks and a steal in 24 minutes.
All signs pointed to a breakout season for the New Orleans native who’ll miss the chance to play at home when Washington visits Tulane on Dec. 17. He averaged 3.2 points and 2.6 rebounds in 31 games as a redshirt freshman last season. He started the first seven contests, but came off the bench the rest of the season.
Jarreau regained a spot in the starting lineup this season.
However, he played less than two minutes before suffering the season-ending injury. It happened at the 18:25 mark in Washington’s 88-78 win over Seattle University. Jarreau stole the ball from Redhawks guard Isiah Umipig and raced in for a score when his knee buckled while rising for a layup. Umipig, who provided tight defense, was given a flagrant foul on the play.
Jarreau redshirted as a freshman and sat out the 2011-12 season. He’s eligible for a sixth season due to a medical hardship.
November 12, 2013 at 12:01 PM
If you were putting together a Pac-12 preseason all-freshman team (see below), it probably wouldn’t include Washington guard Darin Johnson.
However, the 6-5 guard from Sacramento’s Sheldon High scored more points in his debut than any other freshman in the conference.
Johnson finished with 16 points on 5-for-15 shooting from the field and a 5-for-5 performance at the line. He also collected seven rebounds, including three on the offensive glass.
“I take (from this game) confidence and aggressiveness,” he said. “Knowing that you can be aggressive offensively and defensively. And never rest. Keep grinding to get better and better.”
Here’s a look at other notable debuts from Pact-12 freshmen:
— UCLA’s Zach LaVine (14 pts)
— California’s Jabari Bird (14 pts)
— Arizona’s Aaron Gordon (13 pts/10 reb).
— Utah’s Parker Van Dyke (12 pts)
— Utah’s Ahmad Fields (11 pts/10 reb)
— Arizona’s Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (10 pts)
— Utah’s Kenneth Ogbe (10 points)
And here’s a look at the debut performances from former standout Washington players:
— Quincy Pondexter – 21 points vs. Pepperdine, Nov. 12, 2006
— Tony Wroten Jr. – 18 points vs. Georgia State, Nov. 12, 2011
— Isaiah Thomas – 10 points vs. Portland, Nov. 15, 2008
— Terrence Ross – 6 points vs. McNeese State, Nov. 13, 2010
— Brandon Roy — 5 points vs. Stanford, Jan. 18, 2003
— Nate Robinson — 0 points vs. Wyoming, Dec. 5, 2002
And speaking of a Pac-12 preseason all-freshman team, here’s what we put together:
PAC-12 PRESEASON ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM
F – Aaron Gordon ………………….. Arizona
F – Rondae Hollis-Jefferson …….. Arizona
F- Wesley Gordon ………………….. Colorado
G – Jabari Bird ………………………. Cal
G – Nigel William-Goss ……………. Washington
Honorable mention: Utah’s Ahmad Fields, Washington State’s Ike Iroegbu, UW’s Darin Johnson, UCLA’s Zach LaVine, Cal’s Jordan Matthews, Utah’s Parker Van Dyke and WSU’s Que Johnson.