Well, that potential will have to wait a bit longer as the 6-foot-9 forward will be sidelined for the next 6-8 weeks with a knee injury. Kemp has a tear in his patella tendon that will require nearly two months of recovery before he can once again take the court.
The injury comes at a disappointing time for the Georgia-native as he will likely be on the bench throughout the entire non-conference schedule. There is a slim chance that Kemp can return late in December, but the Huskies and head coach Lorenzo Romar have no reason to rush him back early.
As a freshman a season ago, Kemp played sparingly, averaging just over six minutes per contest. When on the court, the forward averaged 1.6 points and 0.8 rebounds per game.
Expectations remain uncertain for the Huskies heading into the 2012-13 season. After winning the Pac 12‘s regular season crown a year ago, Washington was held out of the NCAA Tournament after failing to win the conference tournament. A solid back court rotation led by Abdul Gaddy and C.J. Wilcox gives Romar plenty to work with on the perimeter, but its the front court that couldn’t afford an injury like Kemp’s.
The good news is that Kemp’s injury will not require surgery, but that’s considering the healing process goes to plan and no setbacks come into the equation.
Paul Seaver is the College Basketball Network Manager at Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter: @TheArenaPulse