Clemente Named Fourth Team All-American
MANHATTAN, Kan. - Senior Denis Clemente followed backcourt mate Jacob Pullen in earning All-America honors on Wednesday, as he was named to the fourth team by FOXSports.com.
Clemente and Pullen are the first guard duo to earn All-America honors in the same season, while they are the first guards to collect All-America distinction since Rolando Blackman earned first team accolades from the Helm Foundation, The Sporting News, Converse and Wooden Award in 1981. Overall, he is the 17th Wildcat to receive mention to the All-America first, second, third or fourth team in school history.
Part of one of the most dynamic backcourts in the Big 12, Clemente has led the Wildcats in three categories, including minutes (34.0), field goals (161) and assists (118), while he is second in scoring (16.0 ppg.), double-figure scoring (27), 20-point games (nine) and 3-point field goals (69). One of the best guards in school history, he has scored 961 points in 62 career games, which ranks third by a transfer in school history behind Mitch Richmond (1,327; 1986-88) and Willie Murrell (1,112; 1962-64). He needs 39 points to become just the sixth player in school history to top 1,000 career points in a two-year history.
Clemente earned second team All-Big 12 honors from the league coaches for the second consecutive season on Sunday. He also tallied second team accolades from The Associated Press and Kansas City Star.
Clemente has helped K-State post one of its best seasons in school history, as the squad currently lists a 24-6 overall record and an 11-5 mark in Big 12 play, which includes a tie for second place in the league standings and the No. 2 seed in this week's Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship at the Sprint Center. The 24 wins and 11 conference victories are the most in the Big 12 era and the most since the 1987-88 squad posted a school-record tying 25 wins to go with 11 in Big Eight play.
K-State earned a bye at the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship for the fourth consecutive season and will play the winner of the first round game between No. 7 seed Oklahoma State (21-9, 9-7 Big 12) and No. 10 seed Oklahoma (13-17, 4-12 Big 12) on Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Sprint Center.