After scoring a season-high 30 points during Kansas State’s 79-75 win over Iowa State on Saturday, it’s safe to say Denis Clemente has found his shooting touch.
For the second consecutive game he made half the shots he attempted and scored more than 20 points. He is heating up, and teammates say they don’t see him cooling off anytime soon. Neither does his coach.
Following Saturday’s win, Frank Martin compared Clemente to a baseball player who had watched the majority of his well hit line drives wind up in the gloves of outfielders this season. But now that he’s reached first base with a grounder or two his confidence is up, and he’s back to slugging home runs.
Pretty good analogy considering baseball was Clemente’s first love growing up in Puerto Rico.
“When you’re a good player, and you start feeling better, that’s all it takes,” said Frank Martin. “It’s kind of turning that way for him right now.”