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Huskies' Shawn Kemp Jr. tears patellar tendon, out 6-8 weeks

The Huskies were dealt a significant blow to their already thin frontcourt when head coach Lorenzo Romar announced that sophomore Shawn Kemp, Jr. would miss 6-8 weeks.

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

Washington Huskies' sophomore forward Shawn Kemp, Jr. will miss 6-8 weeks after tearing his patellar tendon, according to Huskies head coach Lorenzo Romar.

The 6'9 Kemp, Jr. will not need to have surgery to repair the tear, and the team hopes to have him back in time for the start of Pac-12 play on Jan. 5.

Kemp, Jr., the son of former NBA star Shawn Kemp, played in 28 games for the Huskies last season and averaged 6.5 minutes per contest. He finished fourth on the team in blocks with 16, and registered a team-best 55.2 percent field goal percentage while averaging a team-high of 3.5 blocks per 40 minutes. Kemp, Jr. was thought to be an option to start at power forward for the Huskies this year.

The Huskies are slated to open the 2012-13 campaign on Nov. 11 against Loyola (MD) in the Tip-Off Hall of Fame Classic at Alaska Airlines Arena. The game is scheduled for 5 p.m. PT.