FROM LOS ANGELES -- It appears as if senior forward Shawn Kemp Jr. won't recover from his concussion in time to play in the Huskies' game Saturday night at USC.
Washington coach Lorenzo Romar said before UW's practice at the Galen Center this afternoon that Kemp hasn't been cleared to play and likely won't before tomorrow's 7:30 p.m. tipoff. Kemp suffered the concussion in the second half of last week's victory over Washington State, and also sat out Wednesday's loss to UCLA.
Each student-athlete undergoes a concussion baseline test prior to the season, in order to establish a "baseline" of how they function when healthy. If a player is concussed, he or she must then pass that baseline test -- in other words, their symptoms must decrease to what is on record as "normal" for them -- before returning to practice or competition.
Romar said Kemp has improved, but he still isn't practicing, either. So UW will again start four guards on Saturday, with freshman guard Donaven Dorsey taking Kemp's place in the starting lineup.
"(Kemp)’s doing better, but it doesn’t look like today he’s going to be able to go tomorrow," Romar said. "Something could change within 24 hours but it doesn’t appear that way right now.”
The Huskies (15-12, 4-11 in Pac-12) will again play with just two frontcourt players -- 6-foot-10 junior Jernard Jarreau, and seldom-used 7-foot center Gilles Dierickx.
“It’s frustrating. It’s more frustrating probably against UCLA because that’s another one that you just didn’t see coming," Romar said. "You knew Jernard was back, (thinking) now we’re coming off a win (vs. WSU), we can build on this. So that was frustrating. At this point, we’ve just got to go. We can’t feel sorry for ourselves. We’ve just got to go. We’ve got to go work and continue to try to control things we can control.”