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Washington's Shawn Kemp Jr. has Graves' disease

By Matt Norlander | College Basketball Writer

Washington announced on Tuesday that junior Shawn Kemp, Jr. has Graves disease. (USATSI)
Washington announced on Tuesday that junior Shawn Kemp, Jr. has Graves disease. (USATSI)

One of the most recognizable names in college basketball, because of his father, has been diagnosed with Graves' disease.

Washington head coach Lorenzo Romar announced Tuesday that Shawn Kemp Jr. has been afflicted with the disease, which is an "immune system disorder that results in the overproduction of thyroid hormones," according to the Mayo Clinic's official website.

Kemp, a junior, did not play for most of the leadup to the season because of the disease, which first started showing its affects in July, per the University of Washington. One of the biggest detriments of the disease is fatigue.

The good news is Kemp will still be able to play for the Huskies going forward.

"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," according to a school press release.

Kemp is averaging 4.0 points and 2.2 rebounds in roughly 17 minutes per game this year. He's seen action in 60 career games, including 19 starts, and is averaging 3.9 career points and 1.9 rebounds.

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