The hot-button topic among Big 12 men's basketball coaches during the annual summer teleconference was the intrigue over the proposed 18-game league schedule. Some league coaches on Monday voiced support over maintaining the current 16-game slate of conference competition. Kansas State coach Frank...[details]
2010 (Senior):HEADER DENIS CLEMENTE Point Guard Kansas State University Wildcats #21 5:11.7-172 Bayamon, Puerto Rico University of Miami Calusa Preparatory School
OVERVIEW Clemente, a transfer from Miami (Fla.), found a home at Kansas State. A pure perimeter shooter, he made 147 of his three-point field goal attempts for the Wildcats, the sixth-highest total in school history, despite playing at KSU for just two seasons.
The third player from Puerto Rico to play at Kansas State, Clemente joined teammate Luis Colon and the late Pachin Vicens, who averaged 11.6 points for head coach Tex Winter from 1954-56 in suiting up for the Wildcats. Clemente formed a great 1-2 punch with fellow guard Jacob Pullen -- that tandem combined for 2,280 points in two seasons. They also combined to score at least 20 points 62 times in 69 games together, including 30 or more points on 43 occasions and 40 or more points 16 times.
Their combined average of 35.9 points per game in 2009-10 is the third-best in a season by a KSU backcourt duo, topped by only Chuckie Williams and Mike Evans (39.1 points per game in 1974-75 and 38.8 points per game in 1975-76) They are the second-most productive (as far as combined points per game at 33) guard tandem in school history since Evans and Williams combined to average 38.9 points per game for the Wildcats between 1974-76.
Making a great impression in a short stay is commonplace for Clemente. Even though he lettered just twice in basketball at Calusa Prep, he had his jersey No. 15 retired, the first retired jersey in school history. He was named first-team All-American All-Christian Schools as both a junior and senior. He was also selected first-team All-State and team Most Valuable Player in 2004-05.
Clemente was honored as the 2005 Florida Class 1-A Player of the Year and to the Miami Herald All-Dade County first-team. He was rated as one of the top players in the state of Florida as a senior and the 66th-best player in the nation by Rivals.com and a top-100 selection by Scout.com. He led the squad in scoring, on the way to a 21-6 overall record as a junior, averaging 32 points, four rebounds, five assists and two steals per game.
As a senior, Clemente again led the team in scoring. Calusa Prep posted a 17-4 overall record that year, as the guard averaged 33.5 points, five rebounds, seven assists and three steals per game. His best performance was a 50-point effort that season.
Clemente enrolled at the University of Miami in 2005-06. He would start 28-of-61 games during his two-year career at the school. As a freshman, he averaged 5.5 points on 33.0 percent shooting (66-of-200), including 24.7 percent (22-of-89) from three-point range, with 2.1 assists and 1.3 rebounds in a freshman-high 20.8 minutes per game.
As a sophomore, Clemente helped the Hurricanes to a 12-20 overall record, as he started 15-of-27 contests he appeared in. He finished by averaging 9.8 points on 43.5 percent shooting (101-of-232), including 38.0 percent from three-point range (35-of-92), with 3.3 assists, 2.5 rebounds and 0.9 steals in 25.9 minutes per game.
After sitting out the 2007-08 season under NCAA transfer rules, Clemente started all 32 games for Kansas State as a junior. Named the Big Twelve Conference Newcomer of the Year, he also received All-Big Twelve second-team honors in 2008-09. That season, he produced averages of 15.0 points, 3.5 assists, 0.8 steals and 2.4 rebounds per game as a junior, hitting on 36.6 percent of his treys.
A second-team All-Big Twelve choice as a senior, Clemente finished second on the team in scoring, averaging 16.6 points per game in 2009-10. His 613 points scored rank eighth on the school season-record list, while his 154 assists were the third-best season total by a Wildcat. He also averaged 1.1 steals and 2.4 rebounds per game.
GAME ANALYSIS Named the Phillips 66 Big 12 Player of the Week for the second time in three weeks on Feb. 22 when he shared the honor with Oklahoma State's James Anderson, as he helped run the Wildcats' winning streak to five games with victories over Nebraska (91-87) and Oklahoma (83-68) from Feb 20-23. He averaged 24.0 points on 53.1 percent shooting (17-of-32), including 47.4 percent (9-of-19) from 3-point range, in the two wins with 4.5 assists, 1.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals in 36.5 minutes per game...Began the week by scoring a game-tying 21 points in helping the squad sweep the season series from Nebraska for the first time since the 2003-04 season on Feb. 17. He connected on 6-of-14 field goals, including 4-of-10 from 3-point range, with three assists and three steals in 38 minutes...Followed with a game-high 27 points in the Wildcats' second straight win at the Lloyd Noble Center on Saturday. He went 11-of-18 from the field, including 5-of-9 from beyond the arc, with a game-high six assists and two rebounds in 35 minutes...Earned his first award this season on Feb. 7 in helping the squads to road wins at Nebraska (76-57) and Iowa State (79-75). He averaged 26.5 points on 50 percent shooting (16-of-32), including 64.7 percent (11-of-17) from 3-point range, in the two wins with 4.0 assists and 3.5 rebounds in 36.0 minutes per game...Posted just his second career 30-point game in the Wildcats' fourth straight win at Iowa State on Feb. 6, making a career-best six treys while it was his highest point total since tying the Big 12 record with 44 vs. Texas on Jan. 31, 2009...Was also named the U.S. Basketball Writers Association's Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week on Feb. 8 for his efforts, marking the second time in his career he has been named a National Player of the Week after he earned the honor from ESPN.com on Feb. 2, 2009...Averaged 18.0 points on 43.3 percent shooting, including 37.5 percent from 3-point range, in the team's NCAA Tournament wins over North Texas (3/18) and BYU (3/20), as he was the team's leading scorer in the win over Mean Green with 17 points, as he also led in assists in both games...Broke into the school's top 10 for career points by a transfer with his 23-point effort vs. Nebraska on Feb. 2, surpassing Elliot Hatcher (803; 1994-96).
GAME ANALYSIS 2008-09 SEASON Named Phillips 66 Big Twelve Conference Newcomer of the Year and was a second-team All-Big Twelve choice by the league's coaches...Started 32 games in his first season at Kansas State, missing the Centenary game (12/20) due to illness and was suspended for the North Carolina Central (2/17)...The Big Twelve All-Rookie team choice scored 480 points (15.0 per game), scoring in double figures 23 times, including totaling at least 20 points in five contests...Shot 40.5 percent from the field (167-of-412), 36.6 percent from three-point range (59-of-161) and 79.8 percent from the foul line (87-of-109)...Handed out 112 assists (3.5 per game), as he had 78 rebounds (2.4 per game) and 27 steals (0.8 per game)...Played 30 or more minutes in 19 games, including 38 twice vs. Kentucky (11/28) and Texas (1/31)...Paced the team in a number of categories, including scoring average, points, field goals, field goals attempted, assists and free throw percentage...Ranked second in four other categories, including minutes, 20-point games, three-point field goals and three-point field goals attempted...Ranked among the top-15 in five Big 1Twelve categories, including ninth in free throw percentage, 10th in field goal percentage and assists, 11th in scoring and 15th in assist-to-turnover ratio... Had at least one trey in 25 games, including two or more on 18 occasions...Part of the first trio (along with Fred Brown and Jacob Pullen) in school history to each tally 50 or more three-pointers in a single season...Led the team in scoring on 14 occasions, including 10 times in Big Twelve play...Averaged 18.4 points on 42.2 percent shooting (98-of-232), including 40.9 percent (36-of-88) from three-point range, in conference play with 3.5 assists and 2.7 rebounds per game.
2008-09 SEASON Posted five 20-point games, including the 44-point effort vs. Texas and a 33-point outing vs. Missouri (2/25)...Dished out five or more assists nine times, including a career-high 10 vs. Illinois State (3/18) in the NIT First Round... Started all 16 Big 12 games, averaging a team-best 33.1 minutes per game...Connected on a team-best 79.7 percent (63-of-79) from the free throw line in league play...Capped the regular season with 24 points vs. Colorado (3/7), which gave the Wildcats a bye to league tournament for third straight year...Turned in 18 points vs. Oklahoma State (3/3) in 36 minutes... Poured in a team-best 33 points vs. No. 8 Missouri (2/25) on 12-of-19 shooting, including 4-of-7 from 3-point range...Totaled 26 points vs. No. 16 Kansas (2/14) on 9-of-18 shooting in 37 minutes...Scored in double figures in nine consecutive games from January 17 to February 14...Named the ESPN.com National Player of the Week as well as Phillips 66 Big 12 Player of the Week honors on Feb. 2 after averaging 27.0 points on 54.8 percent shooting (17-of-31), including 77.8 (7-of-9) from 3-point range, with 5.0 assists in wins over Missouri (1/28) and No. 11 Texas (1/31)...Tied Michael Beasley's Big 12 single-game record as the Frank Erwin Center for points with 44 points vs. the Longhorns. The 44 points tied for the fifth-most in school history, including the second-most in a conference game...Connected on 13-of-25 field goals, including a career-best 6-of-6 from 3-point range, to go with a 12-of-12 effort from the free throw line...Scored the first 17 points of the second half...Tallied a career-high four steals vs. Baylor (1/21) to go with 17 points...Turned in 18 points vs. Oklahoma (1/10) in his Big 12 debut...Scored 20 points in just 24 minutes of action vs. Gardner-Webb (12/14)...Had 19 points at Oregon (12/7)...Recorded 19 points vs. Oakland (11/25) with eight assists... Posted 16 points in a road win over Cleveland State (11/22) in just 24 minutes...Earned 19 points in his K-State debut vs. Florida A&M (11/14), including a 9-of-10 effort from the free throw line.
2009-10 SEASON All-Big Twelve Conference second-team selection...Started all 37 games at point guard, finishing second on the team in scoring with 613 points (16.6 per game), the eighth-best season total by a KSUI player...Made 213-of-526 field goals (40.5 percent), as his 88 successful three-pointers (258 attempts, 34.1 percent) rank fourth on the school season-record chart...Hit on 74.4 percent of his shots from the foul line (99-of-133)...Scored in double figures 34 times, tying the KSU annual record, first set by Mitch Redmond in 1987-88) and produced at least 20 points in ten contests...Led the team with 154 assists (4.2 per game), the third-most in a season by a Wildcat...Had 40 steals (1.1 per game) and totaled 88 rebounds (2.4 per game).
2007-08 SEASON Sat out the season under NCAA transfer rules, enrolling at Kansas State after leaving the University of Miami.
2006-07 SEASON Helped the Hurricanes to a 12-20 overall record, including a 4-12 mark in ACC play, as a sophomore...The team posted a school-record four wins over ranked teams...Saw action in 27 games with 15 starts, as he averaged 9.8 points (264 total) on 43.3 percent shooting (101-of-232), including 38.0 percent from three-point range (35-of-92), with 3.3 assists, 2.5 rebounds and 0.9 steals in 25.9 minutes per game...His scoring average was higher in Atlantic Coast Conference play, as he averaged 10.5 points on 41 percent shooting (55-of-134) with 2.8 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 27.5 minutes per game...Ranked among the team's top-5 in numerous categories, including second in three-point field goals, three-point field goal percentage, assists and steals and fourth in scoring...Scored in double figures 11 occasions with three 20-point outings...Scored his Miami career-high of 24 points twice, first vs. Virginia Tech (1/23/07) and then vs. Boston College (2/7/07).
2005-06 SEASON Played in all 34 games as a freshman with 13 starts for Miami...Helped the Hurricanes to an 18-16 record, a 7-9 mark in ACC play and a berth in the MasterCard NIT, as a true freshman...Started the last four games, including all three of the team's NIT contests... Averaged 5.5 points (186) on 33.0 percent shooting (66-of-200), including 24.7 percent (22-of-89) from three-point range, with 2.1 assists and 1.3 rebounds in 20.8 minutes per game...Ranked among the top-5 in several team categories, including fourth in three-point field goals and fifth in scoring...Scored in double figures six times, including a season-high 19 points vs. Temple (11/27/05).
CAREER NOTES For his complete college career, Clemente started 97-of-130 games, totaling 1,543 points (11.9 points per game) behind 547-of-1,370 field goals (39.9 percent), 204-of-600 three-pointers (34.0 percent) and 245-of-331 free throws (74.0 percent)...Collected 425 assists (3.3 per game) with 110 steals (0.8 per game) and had 276 rebounds (2.1 per game)...His 1,093 points scored at Kansas State rank 14th on the school career-record list...Among transfer students, that total rank second in KSU annals behind Mitch Redmond (1,327 points, 1986-88)...His 147 three-pointers made for the Wild-cats rank sixth on the school all-time record chart...His assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.71 is the fourth-best career total at the university and his ratio of 2.14 in 2009-10 rank fifth on the KSU season-record list...His 613 points scored as a senior rank sixth on the school annual record chart, while his 154 assists that year placed third on the KSU season-record list...His 57 games scoring double figures rank tenth in school history and his 34 double-digit performances in 2009-10 tied Mitch Redmond (1987-88) for the Wildcats season record...His 266 assists at KSU are the ninth-best season total in school annals.
HIGH SCHOOL Attended Calusa (Miami, Fla.) Preparatory School, lettering twice in basketball for head coach Tim Fowler...Had his jersey No. 15 retired, the first retired jersey in school history... Named first-team All-American All-Christian Schools as both a junior and senior...Also selected first-team All-State and team Most Valuable Player in 2004-05...Honored as the 2005 Florida Class 1-A Player of the Year and to the Miami Herald All-Dade County first-team...Rated as one of the top players in the state of Florida as a senior and the 66th-best player in the nation by Rivals.com and a top-100 selection by Scout.com...Led the squad in scoring, on the way to a 21-6 overall record as a junior, averaging 32 points, four rebounds, five assists and two steals per game...As a senior, Clemente again led the team in scoring...Calusa Prep posted a 17-4 overall record that year, as the guard averaged 33.5 points, five rebounds, seven assists and three steals per game...His best performance was a 50-point effort that season...Once outscored current NBA players Tyler Hansbrough and Kevin Durant at a Nike AAU Tournament.
PERSONAL Social Science major...Second cousin of Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder Roberto Clemente...Third player from Puerto Rico to play basketball at K-State, joining teammate Luis Colon and the late Pachin Vicens, who averaged 11.6 points for head coach Tex Winter from 1954-56...Son of Raquel Perez and Pablo Clemente...Born Denis Clemente on 4/10/86 in Bayamon, Puerto Rico.
SCOUTING REPORT Positives: Lacks size and great court quickness, but can be elusive with above-average balance and lateral agility...Really a shooting guard, but lacks the size to play there in the NBA, as he's far better creating his own shot than doing so for others...Aggressive defender with good timing and anticipation...Seems more comfortable in transition -- can weave around and slip under bigger men on the way to the basket...Capable of pulling up suddenly and shooting off the dribble...Takes a lot of ill-advised, off-balance shots, but managed to make 547 field goals the last 69 games...Might be a better fit coming off the bench, as he seems more comfortable providing an offensive spark in short stretches...Fiery court leader who works hard on the defensive end (needs to add core strength) and will not hesitate to challenge big men going for loose balls or rebounds...Can contort his body with defenders in his shirt to get off a clean shot...Pulls up quickly, setting his feet to fire from mid-range...Efficient ball distributor who has the range to force defenders to defend him far beyond the three-point line...Demonstrates the body control to easily pull up and fire from long range...Has no fear of contact or taking the charge and will challenge big men for rebounds...Is developing into a good finisher in transition, with the ability to attack the hoop with either hand...Uses his pull-up jumper to compensate when the lanes are clogged...Likes to park along the perimeter, where, if he executes with a high release point, it can present problems for the bigger opponents trying to alter his shot (will shoot from the waist when he gets out of rhythm and needs to show better patience, though)...Has the hands and passing skills to execute dish-and-drive plays...Quick release keeps defenses honest and has good hesitation moves to get defenders to commit and leave their feet.
Negatives: Has just marginal size and strength and adequate wingspan (6'2"), making it difficult to assign him to defend bigger guards or wing players...Needs to improve his court vision and basketball IQ; struggles to get the ball out to an open target when double-teamed and takes contested shots when he runs into traffic...Has to develop more patience, especially since his lack of size will more likely make him an off-the-bench point guard...Has just adequate leaping ability and fails to set his feet properly...Lacks the hands needed to operate in catch-&-shoot situations...Gets bounced out of the lanes by bigger defenders and does not show consistency finishing around the basket due to this...For a small player, he does not have that explosive speed needed to compensate when he tries to execute plays in a crowd...Needs to get to the charity stripe more often, but does not do a good job of drawing contact...Retreat to the perimeter or put up a floater when the defense pressures him inside...Aggressive defender, but can be fooled by good pump fakes and hesitation moves...Not a great playmaker, despite ranking third on the KSU season-record list with 154 assists last year...Poor elevation with his jumper and his release will make his shot easy to deflect or block.
--Report by Dave-Te' Thomas
Compares To: SPEEDY CLAXTON-ex Atlanta -- Clemente has better three-point range and is more fearless on defense, but he lacks the size to play off-guard and tries to create his shot too often rather than looking for open targets. He has good range, but needs to add strength in order to establish a better inside game at the next level.