Begins his first season on the Broncos’ roster ... has not seen game action since opener ... was a SCU team manager and practice player … played the 2011-12 season at Division II Hawaii-Hilo.
Played 4 min. in season opener missing both 3FGA with a reb. vs. Bethesda (11/8/13).
2012-13: Santa Clara men’s basketball practice player.
Spent a year at The University of Hawaii at Hilo … played in 25 of 26 games averaging 2.1 ppg and 1.3 rpg ... scored a season-best 11 pts. on 4 of 8 FGs (3 of 5 3s) in 22 min. at Dixie St. (1/24/12) ... earned the dean’s list with a 3.9 first semester and a 4.0 second semester.
2010-11: Was a manager with the Bronco men’s basketball team.
Graduated from Aspen High School in 2010 … played for Steve Ketchum on the basketball court and Mike Sirko on the football field … in 2010 was a McDonald’s All-American Nominee, Colorado Max Preps Player of the Year, 1st team all-state and Western Slope Conference Player of the Year … averaged 15.4 ppg, 3 apg, 3.8 rpg, 4 spg and 1.2 bpg his senior year … averaged 11.8 ppg, 1.6 apg, 4.5 rpg, 1.8 spg and .9 bpg his junior year … lead team to the best record in school history 26-1, 16-0 in conference, finishing 2nd in state his senior year … lead his high school to consecutive Elite 8’s during the 2009 and ‘10 seasons and to back-to-back Western Slope Conference championships the same years … on the grid-iron, as a receiver, he averaged 44.1 yards per game and 24.81 yards per catch and scored 4 touchdowns … was named 2nd team all conference … member of the National Honor Society and participated for three years as a Mentor in the Buddy Program, helping underprivileged children from the community.
Son of Kurt and Joanne Papenfus … Dad is an E.R. doctor who went to Colorado State as an undergrad and Colorado-Boulder for med school … Mom is a home nurse … has a younger brother, Stephan, at University of Northern Colorado … Grandfather Art Papenfus, had a full-ride to play football at Marquette but turned it down to pursue a teaching career … working on launching a start up company which makes customizable shin guards… majoring in Marketing with a minor in Entrepreneurship and Economics.
Why Santa Clara?:
“I choose Santa Clara because of the outstanding business school and the opportunities in the business world that a Santa Clara degree creates. I also came because of the location within the Silicon Valley, which provides excellent networking opportunities at companies like Apple and Google. Also I was ready to get out of the snow and catch some rays. Besides the education, I felt like Santa Clara was my best chance to prove to everybody back home that I could become a D-1 basketball player. In 2011, I was offered a scholarship at the University of Hawaii, Hilo and took the chance to pursue my playing career and be an impact player. After a year, I realized that the quality of education, caliber of the basketball program, and the family of coaches and players that I left behind at Santa Clara was worth coming back to. I choose to return to pursue a better degree and my dream of becoming a Division I basketball player. “