SACRAMENTO — Former Sacramento State guard Cody Demps has signed a 10-day contract with the Sacramento Kings, according to general manager Vlade Divac.
Demps, who starred for the Hornets from 2012-16, will become the first Hornet in program history (1948-pres.) to appear on an NBA regular season roster, and could become the first Hornet to play minutes in an NBA regular season game. Eric Stuteville played on the Sacramento Kings summer league team in 2017, but no Hornet has appeared on an NBA roster during the regular season.
"This is a blessing and a dream come true to sign my first NBA contract," Demps said. "I definitely owe a lot of my success to Coach Katz and so many people surrounding Sacramento State Basketball and the Athletics Department. The program, and the University, gave me an opportunity to play Div. I basketball and helped mold me into the man I am today. For that, I will forever be grateful."
The Elk Grove, Calif., native has played in all 49 games (41 starts) for Sacramento's NBA G League affiliate Stockton Kings and has averages of 11.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.1 steals and 30.6 minutes per contest. He has eclipsed the 20-point mark nine times this season for Stockton, including a career-high 32 points in a 114-113 win vs. the Northern Arizona Suns on Feb. 23. For his career, Demps has averaged 9.6 points, 5.1 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 0.9 steals and 27.8 minutes in 94 career games (67 starts) for Sacramento NBA G League affiliates Reno (2017-18) and Stockton (2018-19).
Demps, who graduated from Sacramento State with a degree in mechanical engineering, also played football for the Hornets in the fall of 2016 after expiring his basketball eligibility. The combo guard raised his scoring average all four years of his basketball career at Sacramento State, and was a three-year starter for the Hornets. He started each of the last 85 games in which he appeared, and helped the Hornets to a combined 63 wins during his four-year career. The 63 victories are tied for the most by any player in a Sacramento State uniform during the team's Div. I era (1991-pres.).
Demps raised his scoring average from 3.0 ppg as a freshman, to 8.0 ppg as a sophomore, 9.8 ppg as a junior, and 12.0 ppg as a senior. He scored in double figures 38 times during his career, and ranks among Sacramento State's all-time career top 20 in numerous categories. That includes sixth in minutes played (3,055) and defensive rebounds (334), seventh in starts (86), eighth in assists (286) and games played (114), 12th in free throws made (242) and attempted (344), 19th in points (914) and rebounds (445), and 20th in offensive rebounds (111).
It is still undetermined when Demps' first game with the Sacramento Kings will take place.