Former Sac State guard invited to NBA G League training camp


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Former Sacramento State guard Cody Demps was one of 15 players to be invited to the NBA G League Reno Bighorns’ training camp. Demps will compete for an opportunity to make the final 10-man roster.

Raul Hernandez

The waiting process for a college graduate to find opportunities can be a difficult transition, even for former Sacramento State guard Cody Demps.

Demps, 24, was one of 15 players invited to the NBA G League Reno Bighorns’ training camp, and he’s hoping to make the active roster.

“Training camp has been awesome, we’ve been having two a day, the elevation got to all of us, but we’ve had a great support staff here,” Demps said, referring to his experience with the Sacramento Kings’ NBA G League affiliate.

However, Demps suffered through some frustration as he waited for a call to play basketball professionally.

“There is some doubt, I finished in December and signed with an agent in January and worked out all the way to the summer without hearing a word,” Demps said.

Demps was a four-year player for the Hornets and averaged 12 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game as a senior. The Elk Grove native ranks in the top 10 of multiple Sac State categories: fourth in minutes (3,055) played, tied for fourth in starts (86), fifth in games (114) played, seventh in assists (286), ninth in free throw (344) attempts and 10th in free throws made (242). Demps’ total of 914 career points is also the 16th best mark in school history.

After having a solid basketball career, Demps was two classes short from receiving his degree in mechanical engineering and decided that he would pay those classes off by walking onto the football team after his basketball eligibility had ended.

“My parents wanted me to get it, and going into college, I wanted to finish with a degree in my hand,” Demps said.

Demps only played in seven games due to multiple injuries, but this didn’t stop him from getting ready for a possible chance to play professional basketball.

“As soon as football ended, and he graduated last December, he immediately got back into basketball, (and he’s) been on a mission,” said Brian Katz, the Hornets basketball coach.

Demps caught his break when some staff members from the Reno Bighorns needed some extra bodies around practice, and he was chosen to help out. He caught the eyes of coaches and earned an invite to training camp.

“They invite 15, and they keep 10, so I don’t know if that guarantees that he’ll make it, but he certainly has a chance to,” said Katz, referring to Demps’ chances of making the Bighorns’ final roster.