The Washington Huskies, ranked No. 16 in the country, entered Wednesday night’s game as 35-point favorites over Grambling State.
The Huskies led 45-13 at halftime and cruised to an 86-38 win to improve to 9-0.
“Yeah, it was a pretty good game on our part,” Huskies forward Shawn Kemp Jr. said on Ferrall on the Bench. “We did what we needed to do.”
Kemp, as one would expect, was a beast. He finished with 21 points – on 9-of-12 shooting – and four rebounds. He had as many points at halftime as Grambling State’s entire team.
“Yeah, it was a smaller team,” Kemp said, slightly amused, “so (I was) just getting everything from down low, mostly dunks.”
Guards Andrew Andrews and Mike Anderson combined for 26 points for Washington, Nigel Williams-Goss had 11 assists and Robert Upshaw had 15 points and 15 rebounds – off the bench.
“That’s probably the biggest blowout I’ve had since I’ve been here,” Kemp said. “So far.”
The Huskies have quietly put together a great season. They’re undefeated, they beat then-No. 13 San Diego State earlier this month and they should give the Arizona Wildcats a run for their money in the Pac-12.
“As a team, we’re doing very well,” Kemp said. “This is what we wanted. This is what we talked about in the summer. It’s going exactly as planned and we’re working to keep it up.”
Kemp, of course, is the son of former NBA great Shawn Kemp, who played in the league from 1989 to 2003 but is most known for his time in Seattle. He played there from 1989 to 1997, leading the SuperSonics to an NBA Finals appearance in 1996.
“I love (Seattle),” Kemp Jr. said. “This is my hometown. I was born here. All my family’s here. It’s a great school with a great coach. The whole team is like a family.”
Kemp doesn’t remember much of his dad’s NBA days as a kid, in part because he was so young – and in part because he grew up in Atlanta and played high school ball there.
In fact, he almost ended up playing college basketball in the SEC.
“I definitely was looking at some schools,” he said. “I had actually signed with Alabama, but the coach got fired so I ended up going to a prep school for a year. And then I made the decision to come back and play for UW because UW was looking at me ever since I was a sophomore in high school. I just felt it was a great decision to come back up here.”
Kemp, a 6-9, 255-pound senior, is averaging 10.4 points and 4.6 rebounds this season and has pro basketball aspirations.
“Most definitely,” he said. “I’m working every day for it. I’m trying to get through this year first. Then I’m looking forward to the future.”
Washington next plays No. 15 Oklahoma (7-2) at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas this Saturday. Tip-off is slated for 9 p.m. ET.