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Briefly from Coach:
Kent Dennis will enter his junior season of collegiate basketball and second season at LMU... K.D. played all of last season following off season knee surgery and never had time to properly rehab or get himself in top physical condition before the season. His knee surgery also left his knee and leg lacking in the strength necessary to get down in a defensive stance and defend at the guard position... he has worked hard in the off-season to improve his conditioning, explosiveness and quickness. This will help his defense, his speed and overall quickness... not having his legs under him or the strength needed in his lower body also affected his jump shot... much better shooter and will come back strong in his junior season.
2001-2002 at LMU:
Playing in his first season after his redshirt year, Dennis became an offensive threat by the end of the season...he averaged 9.7 points per game overall but shined in conference play with a team-high 11.5 per game... he led the team with 46 three-pointers, hitting on 33.8 percent of his attempts... he opened his LMU career with 10 minutes off the bench against Samford (11-13-01) in the Guardian?s Classic... showed glimpses of his shooting touch in the Lions? second game of the season with a 13-point effort against Mississippi Valley State (11-14-01), hitting 3-of-3 from the three-point line... against UC Irvine (11-28-01), he played seven minutes and scored five points... in the Lions? win over NCAA Tourney qualifier UC Santa Barbara (12-5-01), he had a then career-high 17 points in 21 minutes off the bench... finished the game 3-for-4 from the three-point line and 4-for-5 overall... in the Lions? win over Sacramento State (12-8-01), he set his career-high in scoring for the second straight game with 18 points... played a career-high 26 minutes and was 4-for-5 from the three-point line... continued to pile-up the minutes with 31 against UNLV (12-15-01), scoring nine points on 3-of-6 shooting from the three-point line... in win over Long Beach State (12-18-01) he came off the bench to score nine points in 24 minutes, shooting 2-of-4 from the three-point line... played 18 minutes off the bench and scored nine points with two boards and an assist against USC (12-22-01)... had eight points in 23 minutes off the bench against Portland State (1-5-02)... to start the WCC schedule, Dennis earned his first start of season against USF (1-26-02)... he played 24 minutes with 12 points, four rebounds, and a steal... was 4-of-4 from free throw line... in win over Portland (1-18-02), he started third game of the season and played 19 minutes with 14 points on 4-of-7 shooting from the three-point line... he added three assists and two steals... against seventh-ranked Gonzaga (1-19-02) he had 15 points on 3-of-7 from three-point line... made fifth start of season against San Diego (1-24-02) and scored 14 points, going 8-for-10 from free throw line... against Santa Clara he earned sixth start with 32 minutes... finished with 17 points and a career-high six rebounds, hitting 4-of-9 from three-point line... played 29 minutes in start against Pepperdine (1-30-02), scoring in double digits for fifth straight time with 14... was just 4-of-16 from the field, adding five rebounds... in rematch against Pepperdine (2-2-02) he started eighth game and played a team-high 36 minutes, finishing with 10 points... against Saint Mary?s (2-8-02) he earned ninth start and played 34 minutes... finished with team-high 15 points... against sixth-ranked Gonzaga (2-14-02), he started 10th game of the season, playing 27 minutes with 12 points... had one of the best games of his young career in overtime against Portland (2-16-02), playing a career-high 40 minutes with a career-high 21 points (7-of-16 from field)... he was 7-of-9 from free throw line and added seven steals, one shy of LMU single-game record... in conference tournament against Gonzaga (3-2-02), he earned 13th start and played 33 minutes... finished with 10 points and six rebounds, equalling a career-high.
2000-2001 at LMU:
Redshirt year due to NCAA transfer rules.
1999-2000 at West Virginia:
He was immediately put to use as a true freshman for the Mountaineers... finished his first season with 3.7 points per game, 1.2 assists and finished averaging 11.4 minutes per game... in a 94-80 loss to Duquesne, played 17 minutes and pitched in nine points off the bench... on Dec. 4 against McNeese State, a 93-85 win, earned the start and played 24 minutes... he finished with seven points, two assists and three rebounds... in a four-game stretch in the heart of the Big East play, averaged 18 minutes in games against Seton Hall, Pittsburgh, Villanova and Boston College... against BC, he played 25 minutes, posted eight points, two assists and a steal... was a versatile newcomer who played both guard positions.
Graduated in May of 1999 from Grover Cleveland High School... averaged 25 points for coach Adam Levitt... well rounded with a per game average of eight rebounds, six assists and five steals... shot .420 from the three-point line his senior season, hitting 55 three-pointers... hit 86 percent from the foul line... helped lead team to a 21-5 record and West Valley title his final season... named to All-Los Angeles first team his junior and senior seasons... nominated for Southern California player of the year honors and McDonald's All-America honors... earned MVP awards at West Coast All Star (1998), Beverly Hills Invitational (1997) and Five Star (1997) camps... also played at Bellarmine-Jefferson High School for coach Eli Essa in Burbank... played on Top Prospects and Southern California all-star teams with fellow transfer Keith Kincade.
Born on Sept. 10, 1980 in Los Angeles, CA... he is the son of Ken Dennis and Lauren West... has one sister Ryan, and one brother Kristopher... played against Keith Kincade in high school... a business marketing major... Full Name: Kent Dennis.
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