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Pioneers Complete Recruiting Class with Xavier Transfer McKenzie
Courtesy: Denver Athletics  
Release: 05/18/2012

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DENVER - The University of Denver men's basketball team has added Xavier transfer Griffin McKenzie (Cincinnati, Ohio) to its 2012 recruiting class, head coach Joe Scott announced today.

McKenzie, a 6-foot-9, 240-pound forward from Moeller High School in Cincinnati, was recruited out of high school by nearby Xavier, Wake Forest, Ohio State, Northwestern and Vanderbilt. Due to NCAA transfer rules, McKenzie will sit out the 2012-13 season as a redshirt and begin playing for the Pioneers in 2013-14.

"Griffin was a highly recruited player out of high school," Scott said. "He's big, strong and athletic, and we know he will fit in well with our program. He complements our current players extremely well. We look forward to him contributing in the future."

McKenzie completes a talented recruiting class that also features Nate Engesser (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Jalen Love (Wichita, Kan.), Bryant Rucker (Frisco, Texas) and Dom Samac (Zagreb, Croatia).

Engesser, a 6-foot-3 guard, led Colorado Springs Christian School to a 26-1 record as a senior, while averaging 23.4 points, 6.7 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 2.9 steals per game. The two-time All-State selection, Engesser finished his career as Colorado Springs Christian's all-time leading scorer with 1,902 points.

A 6-foot-2, Love was selected to the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association 6A All-State Second Team, Wichita Eagle All-State Third Team and Wichita Eagle All-Metro as a senior after leading Wichita (Kan.) East High School to a successful record in 2011-12, during which they snapped three-time defending state champion and rival Wichita Heights' 62-game winning streak.

Rucker is a 6-foot point guard, graduated as the all-time leading scorer and assist leader in Centennial (Texas) High School basketball history. Bryant was voted the District 9-4A Most Valuable Player and made the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches All-Region team as a senior after helping lead his team to a 16-9 record, including 12-3 in league play. 

Originally from Zagreb, Croatia, Samac is a 6-8 forward/center, who helped lead North Broward Prep (Fla.) to a 15-11 record as a senior. Samac was named All-County honorable mention as a senior.

Men's basketball season tickets for the 2012-13 Denver Pioneers are currently on sale. DU continues its commitment to provide the community with the most affordable and exciting entertainment in the Denver metro area. Ticket packages start at $64.

Individual game tickets will go on sale in October with prices starting at $9 for adults. DU students get into the game free with their Pioneer Card.

For ticket information, please visit or call the Pioneer Basketball Ticket Hotline at (303) 871-HOOP.

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