|High School:||Clovis West|
|Major:||Undeclared Arts & Sciences|
Brings versatility to the backcourt with ability to play either guard spot ... has played in 68 games with 11 starts ... his 3 career 20+ point games came in a 5-game stretch during his freshman season ... played only 97 minutes over his final 23 games last season (4.2 mpg) ... has scored more points in 6 games this season (33) than he did over the final 23 games of 2012-13 (16) ... has an athletic family lineage. His father C.J. played football for San Jose State, older brother Brandon played basketball for Kentucky Wesleyan, uncle Gary Payton was an outstanding NBA player and cousin Travis Davis played in the NFL.
His 11 points against San Jose St. was his most since the final game of the 2011-12 campaign ... scored 4 pts. on 4 of 4 FTs in home opener vs. Bethesda (11/8/12) ... went for 11 pts., his 9th career double-figure scoring game and 1st since the final game of his freshman year, vs. San Jose St. (11/12/13) ... 5 reb. (ties career-high) and 12 pts., 2nd straight double-figure scoring game (10th career), at CS Fullerton (11/16/13) ... started for the first time since the final game of his freshman season with 4 pts. (2 of 4 FGs) in 19 min. at Notre Dame (11/22/13) ... 1 of 3 FGs for 2 pts. in 6 min. vs. N. Dakota St. (11/29/13) ... 1 ast. and 0 pts. (0 of 2 FGs) vs. Rice (11/30/13).
Played in 35 of team’s 38 games all off the bench ... averaged 1.9 ppg playing 7.4 mpg ... his three 3-pt FGs on the season came in the first 2 games ... played only 97 minutes over his final 23 games (4.2 mpg) and did not score more than 2 pts. in any game (16 total) ... made and attempted season-high FGs (3 of 8) and 3FGs (2 of 4) for 8 pts. in season-opening win vs. Simpson (11/10/12) ... hit his 3rd and final 3-pt FG of the season for his only pts. at St. Louis (11/14/12) ... Had his 2nd career block and made all 4 FTA for 8 pts. vs. E. Washington (11/23/12) ... made 5 of 6 FTs (career-highs) season-high 9 pts. in OT loss vs. Utah State (11/28/12) ... tied a career-best with 2 stl. in OT loss to UC Santa Barbara (12/1/12) ... matched his career-high with 2 stl. vs. Pacific Union (12/8/12) ... tied his career-high with 6 FTA (made 3) vs. Alcorn State (12/21/12).
Played in 27 of team’s 30 games with 10 starts ... averaged 6.2 ppg and 1.4 rpg in 17.7 mpg ... reached double-figures in points in 8 of final 11 games averaging 13.5 ppg over that span ... scored 6 pts. (3 of 8 FGs) with 4 reb., 3 ast., 2 stl. and 1 blk. in win over UC Merced in SCU debut (11/11/11) ... netted 1st career 3FG (at UC Santa Barbara 11/15/11) ... 1st career start in win over Pacifica (12/13/11) ... scored 26 pts. (career-high) making 12 FGs (career-high) in 18 attempts. His point total was more than the previous 16 games combined (20) (vs. USF 1/26/12) ... perfect 4 of 4 FTs (season-highs) for 18 pts. as a starter vs. Portland (2/2/12) ... scored 20 pts. on 8 of 12 FGs (2 of 4 3s) and 2 of 2 FTs for 2nd career 20+ pt. game (at San Diego 2/4/12) ... 2nd consecutive 20-pt. game (3rd career) hitting 8 of 14 FGs and 4 of 6 3s (career-highs) with 5 reb. (career-high) at USF (2/9/12) ... attempted season and career-high 20 FGs (made 8) for 17 pts. at St. Mary’s (2/11/12) ... totaled 5 ast. (season and career-high) vs. Gonzaga (2/16/12) ... started with 10 pts. vs. Portland in WCC Tournament (2/29/12).
Fresno Bee Player of the Year in 2011 ... Long Beach Press-Telegram’s 32nd Best in the West basketball honorable mention team ... named West Coast All-Stars Camp and Best of Best team in 2010 … Best of West in 2010 … All-Tourney at St. Jope Basketball Classic 2009 … All-Tourney at Santa Barbara Holiday Classic in 2009 … All-Tourney at CW Nike Classic in 2008 … at West Coast All-Star Camp, scored 41 point … senior year averaged 21 ppg and 8 rpg … overall 2010-11 season record was 24-6 … junior year averaged 14 ppg, 7rpg and 3 apg … played on Organized Chaos club team and won championship in Las Vegas in 2009.
Father C.J. played football for San Jose State … mother Denise is a charge nurse at Children’s Hospital in Central California ... older brother Brandon played basketball for Kentucky Wesleyan and was all-league twice, leading his team to the Sweet 16 in 2011 and ‘12 ... older brother John lives in Oakland … uncle Gary Payton played basketball at Oregon State and in NBA with Seattle Supersonics, Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat … cousin Travis Davis played football at Notre Dame and in NFL for Jacksonville Jaguars and Pittsburgh Steelers... communication major ... works as one of the hosts for EYEBRONCO, Santa Clara’s video project in Athletic Media Relations.
Coach Keating on Denzel:
"Denzel brings even more versatility to our backcourt and possesses a great feel for the game at either guard spot. He is a good scorer, and his understanding of the game makes him a threat with the ball in his hands. He has been coached, and it shows, and we are excited to add a player of his caliber to the mix."
Why Denzel Chose Santa Clara:
"I felt comfortable with the coaching staff and I really like Coach Keating. There are a great group of guys currently at the university, and they also helped to make me feel at home during my visit. The campus is very nice and the degree that I will obtain from this school is one of the best in the country."