Dawgs front court takes a blow
Head coach Lorenzo Romar announced today that UW Huskies forward Shawn Kemp Jr. will be out for the next 6-8 weeks, due to a tear in his patellar tendon.
The injury wonât require surgery.
This is not a great way to kick off the upcoming season. Kempâwho plays power forwardâwas seen as a possible breakout candidate for 2012.
Not to mention, the Huskies front court is already thin.
Washingtonâs roster is filled with veterans, including two seniors at the guard positions, as well as senior center Aziz Nâdiaye.
Shawn Kemp Jr. will be out 6-8 weeks. (Photo: Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times)
The Huskies thinnest position is forward, where no one stands higher than a sophomore.
Entering his second year with Washington, Kemp was expected to take that starters role and run with it. Now itâs unknown when heâll return, let alone what kind of shape heâll be in.
The sophomore played limited minutes as a freshman in 2011-12, averaging just 6.5 per game. But it didnât stop Kemp from leading the Huskies in field goal percentage (55.2 percent), while registering the fourth most blocks (16 in 28 games).
Coach Romar stated that he hopes Kemp can return in time for Pac-12 playâwhich kicks off January 5th against Washington State.
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