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November 26, 2013 at 12:32 PM

Shawn Kemp Jr. diagnosed with thyroid disease

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…

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November 25, 2013 at 7:20 AM

Perris Blackwell living up to expectations

Indiana Hoosiers forward Jeremy Hollowell (33) drives to the basket during the first half against Washington Huskies forward Perris Blackwell (2) and guard Mike Anderson (11) at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 21, 2013. (Jim O'Connor-USA TODAY)

Indiana Hoosiers forward Jeremy Hollowell (33) drives to the basket during the first half against Washington Huskies forward Perris Blackwell (2) and guard Mike Anderson (11) at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 21, 2013. (Jim O’Connor-USA TODAY)

Five games into the 2013-14 season, the Huskies (2-3) are getting just about exactly what they expected from Perris Blackwell, the fifth-year senior who sat out last year after transferring from San Francisco.

He’s averaging 11.8 points, 0.8 assists and 0.5 steals, which are nearly identical to the numbers he put up during his last year with the Dons. As a junior, he averaged 12.7 points, 0.9 assists and 0.4 steals.

However, the 6-9 and 275 pound has proven to be a better rebounder and shot blocker than advertised. He’s also playing more minutes than ever before.

Blackwell is averaging 8.0 rebounds, which is nearly two rebounds more than his last year at San Francisco. He averaged 0.3 blocks in 2011-12 and this season he’s up to 1.5.

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July 29, 2013 at 4:40 PM

Shawn Kemp Jr.: “I want to be one of the go-to guys”

Had a chance to catchup with incoming junior Shawn Kemp Jr. last week. He talked about the struggles and strides he’s had at Washington.

Kemp, a 6-9 forward/center, had a minor role as a freshman, but he made major gains in every significant category last season. He improved his averages in scoring (1.6 points to 6.3), rebounds (0.8 to 3.0) and minutes (6.5 to 18.8). His field goal percentage dipped slightly (55.2 percent to 53.3 percent) and oddly his blocks plateaued at 16 despite increased minutes.

Kemp is at a crossroads in his college career. He finished the 2012-13 season with 15 points and a career-high 11 rebounds in the 90-79 defeat to Brigham Young in the NIT opener. Kemp, who started the last 14 games of the season, was one of the few bright spots for the Huskies in the finale. He scored in double figures in three of the final four games.

However, it’s unclear if he’ll begin the season in the starting lineup. C.J. Wilcox, who led the Huskies in scoring and started every game last season, is the only player guaranteed a starting assignment while newcomer Perris Blackwell, who sat out last season after transferring from San Francisco, is the favorite to replace Aziz N’Diaye at center.

Kemp will contend with junior Desmond Simmons and redshirt sophomore Jernard Jarreau at power forward. Simmons made 14 starts last season, Jarreau seven.

Kemp is adapting his skills to play at the top of the key in coach Lorenzo Romar’s high-post offense, but the transition is akin to putting a square peg into a round hole. Kemp, who has a total of five assists in 55 games, isn’t a naturally gifted passer and UW’s power forward needs to have some playmaking ability. Whoever occupies that position also needs to be able to make a mid-range jump shot with consistency while Kemp has been more reliable around the rim.

Here’s the interview with Kemp.

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February 7, 2013 at 7:21 AM

Video: Shawn Kemp Jr., Thursday links

[do action="brightcove-video" videoid="2147868132001"/] Today’s Washington-UCLA preview story focused on Shawn Kemp Jr. who was added to the lineup last week. The sophomore forward could be the X-factor in the Huskies’ bid to repeat as regular-season Pac-12 champions. He’s averaging 12.3 points in the past three games. Here’s video (above) of Kemp talking about his renewed confidence…

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February 2, 2013 at 11:15 PM

Video: UW players following win over ASU

[do action="brightcove-video" videoid="2137761916001"/] Here’s video (above) of Washington players after their 96-92 victory against Arizona State. C.J. WILCOX: (On his confidence when other guys are stepping up with scoring) “It helps and takes a lot of pressure off me. It’s tough to get in the rhythm in your first year and it takes a while to get into…

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February 2, 2013 at 11:04 PM

Video: UW forward Shawn Kemp Jr.

[do action="brightcove-video" videoid="2137666596001"/] Here’s video (above) of sophomore forward Shawn Kemp Jr. after Washington’s 96-92 win over Arizona State. The sophomore forward started his second straight game. Before tonight he was averaging 4.3 points, but he finished with a career-high 18 points on 9-for-14 shooting. He also had six rebounds, including three on the offensive glass. (Did you…

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