SEATTLE – University of Washington head coach Lorenzo Romar has announced that junior forward Shawn Kemp, Jr., has been diagnosed with Graves’ disease, an autoimmune disease affecting the thyroid. The junior, who missed the majority of preseason training due to the illness, started to develop symptoms in late July before being officially diagnosed in early September.
Kemp Jr., will continue to play for the Huskies during the 2013-14 season. 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.
He’s seen action in 60 career games, including 19 starts, and is averaging 3.9 career points and 1.9 rebounds.