MENâ€™S BASKETBALL SIGNS LOCAL PRODUCT CODY DEMPS
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Sacramento State men’s basketball program announced its first signee of the 2012-13 recruiting class with the inking of local product Cody Demps of Elk Grove’s Pleasant Grove High School. Demps will enroll as a freshman at Sacramento State in the fall of 2012.
A 6-foot-4, 185-pound guard from Elk Grove, Demps was a three-year starter for the Eagles. A two-sport athlete at Pleasant Grove, Demps was named to ESPN’s Cal-Hi Sports Grid-Hoop (basketball and football) first team all-state squad after leading the Eagles to the 2012 Sac-Joaquin Section Div. I basketball semifinals, and quarterbacking the football team to the section championship game.
In basketball, he was a two-time first team all-Delta River League selection during his final two seasons, including a first team all-Metro choice his senior year by The Sacramento Bee. During that senior season, he averaged 15.6 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.6 steals and 0.5 blocked shots per game while shooting .486 from the field, .533 from the three-point line and .735 from the free throw line.
He had five double-doubles over the team’s final 14 games, including 11 points and 17 rebounds vs. Folsom HS, 26 points and 16 rebounds vs. Ponderosa HS, and 13 points and 13 rebounds vs. Oak Ridge HS. During Demps’ four seasons with Pleasant Grove, the Eagles combined for an 80-35 record, including a 24-7 mark in 2011-12.
His other accolades include being named the 2011 Delta River League’s Co-Offensive Player of the Year in football after completing over 67 percent of his passes with 22 touchdowns and just three interceptions. Demps has Sacramento State in his bloodlines as his father, Chris, was a defensive lineman for the Hornet football squad from 1984-86. In addition, his high school head basketball coach (John DePonte) and assistant coach (Bill McCoin) are both Sacramento State alumns. McCoin played basketball for the Hornets from 1988-91.
“Cody is a versatile player who can play all three spots on the perimeter,” Sacramento State head coach Brian Katz said. “He has never been able to focus strictly on basketball because of his football exploits, and we feel this is one of many reasons he has a very high upside. He has enjoyed a lot of success while competing at a high level on both the basketball court and football field, and he is going to be a very good player for us the next four years.”
Demps will join a Sacramento State squad that returns its top five scorers from a 2011-12 season that saw the program increase its conference win total for the third straight season, post double figures in overall wins for the first time since 2006-07, and record a 5-3 conference record during the second half of league play.
Sacramento State's Signees
||Elk Grove, Calif./Pleasant Grove HS