Washington Huskies junior forward Shawn Kemp Jr. has been slowed since July by what has been diagnosed as Graves disease. The 6′-9″ 25o lb. son of NBA great Shawn Kemp developed symptoms in July which include muscle weakness, weight loss and elevated heartbeat.
Kemp was diagnosed in September and is responding well to treatment. The disease can be controlled and in some cases put into remission by proper medication. As expected, Kemp’s production on the court has been slightly down this season from his sophomore year.
Kemp is averaging 4.4 ppg and 2.2 rebounds during 17 minutes of playing time. Those numbers are expected to improve as Kemp regains his strength.
In an article published by CBS Sports, the University of Washington released a report today that said:
“Medical staff treating Kemp, Jr., do not expect the disease to continue to affect his on-court performance once his treatment plan, which he started following his diagnosis, is in full effect.”
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