For Todd Schayes, the school's head basketball coach since 1993, “playing basketball for Kent Denver means representing your school, your family, and yourself in the highest form of sportsmanship, character, and class.  It embodies the core values that our school stands for.”

Coach Schayes asks his players to set personal and team goals, and he wants his players to learn from the success, as well as the adversity, that comes with playing high school sports, applying these lessons to their time in high school and beyond.

In his nearly 30 years of coaching the Sun Devils, Coach Schayes' teams have routinely been among the best in the state. That includes numerous league, district and regional titles, four state title game appearances and a state championship in the 1996-97 season.

Three of Coach Schayes’ players have been named 3A State Players of the Year and 11 have gone on to play college basketball, including seven at the Division I level:

  • Kyle Lewis - University of Denver (2007 3A Player of the Year)
  • Robby Pride - Dartmouth College (2006 3A Player of the Year)
  • Max Wiepking - University of Arizona
  • Ben Stewart - University of Connecticut
  • Coby Gold - Macalester College
  • Holt Dunlap - University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Billy Lane - Carthage College
  • Michael Hanley - Ithaca College
  • Jared Smith - Fort Lewis College (2011 3A Player of the Year)
  • Benan Ersek - University of Colorado
  • Josh Repine - University of Colorado

Two former players—Ben Stewart (UConn, 2011) and Jon Payne (Duke, 2015)— earned NCAA Division I National Championship rings, Payne as Coach Mike Krzyzewski's lead team manager. 

Most recently in the 2021-22 season, Duke Benson '22 reached 1,000 points for his career, and Ethan Levin '23 (pictured above) broke the Colorado state record for most 3-pointers made during a single season. 

Future Sun Devils: We Can't Wait to Meet You!


If you would like to connect with our coaches and learn more about athletics at Kent Denver, please fill out this form and our team will be in touch!
Seeking Information Aboutrequired
Athletic Interest(s)requiredCheck all that apply!
Check all that apply!
Athletic Interest(s)requiredCheck all that apply)​​​​​​​!
Check all that apply)​​​​​​​!
Have you started an online application or requested information from our admission office?​​​required
Current Grade Level (2021-22 School Year)required

Head Coach: Todd Schayes

Upcoming Basketball Games

Click the event for more details!