Topic: Shawn Kemp Jr.
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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 7:20 AM
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.
October 8, 2013 at 4:15 PM
Here’s video (above) of junior forward Shawn Kemp Jr. from Washington’s media day.
July 29, 2013 at 4:40 PM
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.
February 7, 2013 at 7:21 AM
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 and tonight’s 6 p.m. game at UCLA.
AROUND THE PAC-12:
— UCLA star freshman Shabazz Muahammad is under the weather and losing weight.
— Eammon Brennan at ESPN.com takes a look at the NCAA tournament bubble teams. While evaluating the Pac-12, he includes five bubble teams, but doesn’t include Washington. Arizona is considered a lock to make the dance.
— Despite the uncertainty at point guard, Oregon is trying to limit its turnovers when it hosts Colorado tonight.
— The Buffaloes (14-7, 4-5) go on the road where they’ve struggled. Colorado is 2-6 on the opponent’s home court.
— After draining six three-pointers against Washington, Arizona State sophomore Jonahan Gilling cemented his reputation in the Pac-12 as a three-point specialist. But he’d liked to be known as an all-around player. The Sun Devils (17-5, 6-3) host California (13-8, 5-4) tonight.
— Injuries and foul trouble depleted Arizona’s depth, but the Wildcats received big performances from Mark Lyons (25 points) and Solomon Hill, who scored 20 of his 23 points in the second half. They led them to a 73-66 win over Stanford at the McKale Center. No other Arizona player had more than six points. The seventh-ranked Wildcats improved to 20-2 leads the Pac-12 at 8-2.
— Stanford had a balanced attack led by Dwight Powell (24 points and 10 rebounds) and Josh Huestis (1o points and 10 rebounds), who each had a double-double performance. The Cardinal (14-9, 5-5) trailed by a point with 3:20 left, but it couldn’t contain Lyons and Hill at the end.
— Roberto Nelson had 26 points and Oregon State pulled away from Utah in the second half for an 82-64 win. Joe Burton came three rebounds shy of a triple double for the Beavers (12-11, 2-8), which climbed above .5oo. He finished with 17 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds.
— The Utes (10-12, 2-8) didn’t receive a whole lot of production from center Jason Washburn.
February 2, 2013 at 11:15 PM
Here’s video (above) of Washington players after their 96-92 victory against Arizona State.
(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 it. When they get into that rhythm, you’re not going to focus on me as much. It’s good, as far as a team standpoint. It’s hard to just key on everybody. You got to help out somebody, and with them [Andrews and Kemp] playing the way they are, it really helps us.”
(When they knew they had the offensive game in them) “It was just a matter of time. We hadn’t been playing well offensively, but we knew it was coming. We knew what we were capable of tonight.”
(About his eye injury) “It was a fast break and [Abdul] Gaddy threw me the ball, so I caught it and I made a fake and [the ASU player] hit his knee above my eyebrow. I was glad it wasn’t too serious and I was able to bounce back. When I got hit, I was a little dizzy. I saw the doctor and they put some anesthesia and I got some stitches, and after that I was fine.”
(On his last few points in the game) “We had a lot of confidence in our guards. They made the right read and I just followed through on the shot and the ball went in. I got lucky.”
(On Shawn Kemp Jr.) “He’s just playing his game. Being physical and going on the offensive glass, it all helps a lot, just having him there. He did a really good job offensively finishing on the rim.”
(On his game tonight) “I was just doing what the coaches were telling me to do. Just trying to push the ball, trying to get people open, taking what the defense gives me.”
(On Jahii Carson) “He’s just quick, so quick. Our game plan was trying to send him left, so a couple times when we jumped the screen he would go left or a couple times he would make a tough shot. It was just a tough cover from a standpoint that he’s so fast and shifty. We just had to keep him in front. We just tried to keep fresh legs on him, trying to get different match ups to see what made him more comfortable. With [our guys] physicality’s – CJ’s quickness, Abdul’s smartness of how to play people with his ankles and everything. We just tried to give him looks.”
February 2, 2013 at 11:04 PM
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 get a little nervous there at the end?) “Yeah I did. We hit a big shot to finish. We could have finished better, but we got the win.”
(You guys made a living in the paint; was that by design?) “Yeah definitely. They started smaller so we took advantage of that.”
(That has to be a tough cover for you to jump out on those three point shots?) “Yeah, that was one of the first times I’ve had to cover someone that shot like that.”
(Did you feel the penetrating stare from coach Romar every time he hit a three?) “I was looking over there because he told me to cover it, and I was getting out there the best I could. He was just making shots.”
(This was a game that has been waiting to happen for you. How comfortable were you today?) “I was definitely comfortable. I had the jump shot today that I’ve been working on. I just did the things I’ve been working on in practice.”
(How important was it to go and get a win.) “We had to get the win. We have a good game coming up, but we had to get this one first.”
(How much momentum does this give you as you head down to UCLA?) “It gives us a lot of momentum. They are a good team so it shows we can do it.”
(What does it give you having Aziz on the court with you?) “With two big guys they couldn’t control the paint as much.”
January 26, 2013 at 9:53 PM
Despite surrendering a season-high in points and committing 21 turnovers – another season high – coach Lorenzo Romar was encouraged with Washington’s effort during an 81-76 defeat at No. 16 Oregon.
“We did a lot of positive things and we had a heart beat,” he said. “If we have a heart beat, that’s what we’re talking about. Bring forth focus and effort and we’ll deal with the rest.
“I thought we brought more effort tonight.”
Romar’s comments illustrates just how far the Huskies have fallen since their 4-0 start in the Pac-12. He’s happy the players had the right approach going into the game. Considering their embarrassing performances in recent defeats to Utah and Oregon State, maybe that’s plus.
Still the improved effort didn’t sharpen UW’s execution on both ends of the floor.
The Huskies’ 21 turnovers led to 27 points for Oregon. Washington also allowed the Ducks to shoot 57.8 percent, which is the second highest for a UW opponent this season.
Romar said today’s defensive breakdowns were unlike any other game this season.
The Huskies were repeatedly beaten down the floor and failed to properly set their defense. Oregon had 10 fast-break points, including a Carlos Emory dunk after C.J. Wilcox missed a free throw. It’s almost unheard of to surrender a fast-break dunk after a FT attempt and yet, Emory swooped to the rim from the wing and flushed a windmill tomahawk jam.
“We were back (on defense), but we weren’t organized,” Romar said. “You not only have to be back against Oregon, you have to be in proper position or they find a weak spot in your defense and they burn you on it.”
Washington also had great difficulty keeping Oregon away from the rim.
E.J. Singler and Arsalan Kazemi did nice jobs spinning into the lane for short jumpers or layups.
“They drove us to the middle too much,” Romar said. “That’s something we talked about. We didn’t want that too happen. But they practice too. They work on that all the time. They were the better team tonight. They’re not the 316th team in the country. They’re No. 16 in the country and maybe better than that after this week. They’re a good basketball team.
“We knew we had a challenge. I thought our guys, with the exception of when they pulled away from us, I thought we played pretty good basketball.”
Oregon’s 37 free throw attempts are inflated because the Huskies intentionally fouled in the last two minutes to preserve the game. Still it’s interesting to note the Ducks made more fouls shots (27) than UW attempted (24).
But it’s not all gloom and doom.
Washington received a season-high 27 points from the bench. Andrew Andrews (above, near right) scored 15 points and Shawn Kemp Jr. had 12, which is the first time two reserves finished with at least 10 points.
It will be overshadowed by the defeat, but Washington snapped an eight-game streak of scoring fewer than 70 points. Turnovers aside, the Huskies had a nice night offensively once they got the shots up.
They shot 51.9 percent from the floor and 66.7 percent (8-12) on three-pointers. That’s the best UW has shot behind the arc this season.
Unfortunately, the Huskies were 14 of 24 (58.3 percent) at the free throw line.
Washington is also winless (0-3) at Matthew Knight Arena.
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January 26, 2013 at 8:43 PM
Here’s video (above) of Shawn Kemp Jr. after Washington’s 81-76 loss at No. 16 Oregon.
The sophomore forward finished with a personal-best 12 points on 5-for-5 shooting. He also collected six rebounds, a career high.
December 8, 2012 at 10:54 PM
Washington players met with the media following a 76-73 defeat to Nevada.
How would you explain the start of that game?
“There were too many errors and we got into foul trouble—I was in trouble, and so was Aziz. They scored some buckets off the zone, so we stayed out of zone second half. There were too many errors in the first half that dug us in a hole.”
Did this game feel like last year’s with Burton?
“Not really, it was different—last year he did more at the end in one four-minute span. This time he got going at the beginning and throughout the game he was scoring. He got a lot of buckets in transition when we weren’t organized. When we were in half court C.J. did a really good job guarding him. We knew that once we got back in transition we would be able to make things tough on him.”
Did you feel like you guys spent so much energy trying to get out of a hole that you were tired?
“No, we got lost in the game but we thought we had it once we got it back. Then Burton hit two big shots, which made it tough for us. He put the pressure on us to score and we couldn’t capitalize.”
On the last two possessions were they concentrating on C.J. making him unavailable?
“Yes, the whole game they were concentrated on him—that’s what all teams are going to do. He’s one of the leading scorers in our league and teams are going to try to take him away or face guard him; we’re going to see a lot of different types of defenses on him. This opens things up for the rest of us, the main thing we have to do is make sure we execute on offense. He’ll get his shots; he’s a good scorer, and scorers always find ways to score.”
How do you feel about the offense you’re running, what you’re understanding, what you need to understand, etc.?
“We’re still getting guys back; we just got Shawn back, we’re getting Quinn back, and we just got Scott back from injury. The offense still needs to execute better, and since those guys have been out they haven’t been able to get game repetitions, and so it’s a little different. I think we’ll be fine; the main thing is that we just need to make sure we’re solid on defense.”
What is the key defensively going forward?
“Rebounding. It’s not that we’re not a good rebounding team, we just need to know our rotations. We have Aziz and Shawn back there blocking shots. It makes it tough because when they go for blocks they have to leave their man down at the rim for offensive rebounds. This means we need to know our rotations and know to box the other guy out on the weak side. Guards need to make sure they come back, and guards need to rebound too. Desmond and Aziz are great rebounders.”
Did you feel like you defended Burton pretty well on those last two three’s?
“Yes, the first one was a tough shot and the second one I actually tipped. I thought it was going to be an air ball but once he got going, he could make shots like that.”
That first half you usually shoot so well—was this one of those games where it wasn’t working for everyone at first; were you guys not feeding well off each other?
“It was just one of those games. You can’t shoot the ball well every night. We need to find a way and get to the free throw line when our shots aren’t falling. In the second half we got a good rhythm and got a lot of good shots too.”
SHAWN KEMP JR.
How do you feel?
“I feel good for my first game back. I did what I could but hopefully I can work on some more things and do more for the team.”
How was your wind and does your knee hurt at all?
“My knee hurts a little but it’s nothing big. I felt good out there. I wasn’t tired and wasn’t breathing too hard so I was okay.”