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Axel Dench

Allsport
Position: Center
College: Gonzaga
Conference: West Coast
Height: 6'11"
Weight: 243
Age: 24
Birthdate: 03/12/76
High School: Carey Grammer, Melbourne, Australia

Dench, a native Australian, did his future career a world of good by shining in the NBA's first major tryout camp at Portsmouth. He was the camp's leading rebounder (12.3 per game) and was chosen to the all-tournament team. Dench is a good shooter who connected on 54 percent of his field goals as a senior. He also shot an excellent 46 percent from 3-point range, making 26 of 56 shot behind he arc. Dench has decent touch from the free-throw line as well (69 percent). He'll play for pay somewhere.

Career Statistics
Seasons  FGs  PCT  3-pts  PCT  FTs  PCT  RPG  APG  BLK  STL  PTS  AVE 
'96-97
'97-98
'98-99
'99-00
Totals
27
34
35
33
129
84-167
73-148
86-176
119-220
362-711
.503
.493
.489
.541
.509
0-1
11-30
12-34
26-56
49-121
.000
.367
.353
464
.405
40-51
23-40
54-78
53-76
170-245
.784
.575
.692
.697
.694
4.6
4.1
3.5
5.0
4.3
0.9
1.4
1.1
1.5
1.2
18
19
14
16
67
14
10
19
15
58
208
180
238
317
943
7.7
5.3
6.8
9.6
7.3
 

Senior Season

  • After fluctuating between starting and coming off the bench his first three seasons, Dench started 32 of the 33 games he played
  • Missed two games due to soft tissue damage to his right calf
  • His 5.0 rpg ranked second on the team
  • Helped the Bulldogs reach the Sweet 16
  • Despite being 6-11, Dench only averaged 1.9 FT attempts per game during his college career
  • Scored 17 points against St. John's in the NCAA tournament second round

    Junior Season

  • Started three of the first four games before coming off the bench in 30 of the next 31
  • Help the Bulldogs reach the Elite Eight
  • Scored a career-high 22 points at TCU
  • 10th in the WCC in FG shooting

    Sophomore Season

  • Dench's numbers dropped off slightly from his Freshman Season with the emergence of Bakari Hendrix on the inside and Matt Santangelo from the outside
  • Still started 31 of the 34 games in which he appeared

    Freshman Season

  • Started 20 of the 27 games in which he appeared in
  • Averaged 22 minutes a game

    Notables

  • Played four years of basketball at Carey Grammar in Australia
  • Also played volleyball, tennis and track (shot put) in HS


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