Denson Eager for Success Playing In Europe

Former Auburn basketball player Chris Denson talks about a variety of subjects including his new gig as a pro athlete.

Chris Denson (above) is shown in action vs. the Kentucky Wildcats.

It has been a busy summer for Chris Denson. The former Auburn basketball player signed a pro contract to play professionally in Europe and earned his AU degree before heading to Holland this week.

Denson said he is happy about both of those developments. The left-handed guard signed a one-year contract to play with the SPM Shoeters Den Bosch of the Dutch Basketball League.

“They have a winning culture and I am excited to be playing there,” Denson said. “I believe they have won their league every year for the last 10 seasons so I am going there to help them win and that is one thing I think I can bring to the team. They said they like my athleticism and ability to score in transition, which is something I love doing.”

Denson’s quickness allowed him to score 19.1 points per game while averaging 4.3 rebounds and 2.4 assists as a senior. He earned second team All-SEC honors from the league’s coaches for the 2013-14 season.

Before leaving the country he graduated and credits Auburn’s new coaching staff under the direction of Bruce Pearl for providing an assist.

“I am proud of myself for finishing my degree and I wouldn’t have done it if wasn’t for the coaches,” he said. “Coach Pearl, Steve Pearl and Tony Jones talked to me about how important it was to finish it and I am glad I did. I will be forever grateful to them.

“Coach Pearl is great,” Denson said. “As soon as he came in even though me, Allen Payne and Asauhn (Dixon-Tatum) were on our way out he talked to us and cared for us like we were still on the team.

“I?have the utmost respect for Bruce Pearl,” Denson added. “He came to my graduation with his whole family and sat down and ate with me. He will be somebody I feel like I can talk to for the rest of my life.”

Denson scores on a stuff during his senior season.

Denson hopes a strong showing in the Dutch league will get him a tryout with an NBA team. “That dream is never stopping,” he said. “That is always going to be my goal. Hopefully, I will play really well and get called up to the big leagues.”

The guard added that he is excited about the future of his team and is hoping for good things for his Auburn teammates he played with last season. “This program is going to be amazing with Bruce Pearl as coach,” Denson predicts. “Auburn basketball is going to change for the better.”

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