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Sabatino Chen
Player Profile:
Sabatino Chen 718490
Position: Guard
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 180
Year: Junior
City/State: Louisville, Colo.
High School: Monarch HS
Other College: University of Denver
Experience: Transfer

2012-2013 (senior): Started 20 of 33 games • Averaged 4.4 points, 2.2 rebounds, 0.8 steals, 23.4 minutes per game • Career-best 15 points at Arizona (Jan. 3), in addition to a career-high six field goals made with 10 attempts  • Tallied four double-digit scoring games, winning three of them • Scored six or more points 12 times • Career-best four steals in wins at Oregon State (Feb. 10) and USC (Jan. 10) • Career-best three treys in home win versus Utah (Feb. 21) and two-year best 35 minutes in double overtime home win against Texas Southern (Nov. 27) • Made 14 3-pointers this season, failed to make any treys during junior year • Fourth in team steals (28) and assists (43) • Senior year was his best season with Buffs in points (146, 4.4 ppg.); rebounds (73, 2.2 rpg.); assists (43); steals (28); minutes played (771); field goals made (54) and attempts (131); free throws made (24) and attempts (38) • Five or more points 13 times (19 career); four or more rebounds seven times (10 career); three or more assists six times, all during the 2012-13 season • “All-Glue Team” honorable mention (SI.com, March 2013) • Named most inspirational (voted by the players) • Was a key starter/reserve in the Buffaloes second consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, a school-first in back-to-back years since 1961-62 & 1962-63 (50 years).

2011-2012 (junior): Played in 35 games, all in a reserve role • Averaged 9.9 minutes, 2.0 points and 1.0 rebound per game • Shot 52.6 percent from the field (30-of-57) • Scored a season-high 10 points on 4-of-6 shooting in season opener home win against Fort Lewis College (Nov. 11) • Also scored six points in three other home wins (Washington, Jan. 5; New Orleans, Dec. 28; CSU Bakersfield, Dec. 19) • Season-best six rebounds in home win against Washington State (Jan. 7), then grabbed five boards in two other games (Bakersfield & New Orleans) • Played in a season-high 21 minutes against Bakersfield and in conference play, saw 20 minutes in road win over USC (Jan. 26) • Helped Colorado earn its first NCAA Tournament berth since the 2002-03 season (nine years) and only the third NCAA Tournament appearance since 1968-69 (43 years) • Member of the Pac-12 Conference Tournament Championship team and the automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament winning four games in four days at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

2010-2011 (redshirt-junior): Sat out the season per NCAA transfer rules • Will have two years of eligibility remaining • Was one of two juniors on the 2011-12 team.

Career at Denver: In his two years with the Pioneers averaged 2.4 points and 1.6 rebounds per game • Played in 60 games • Led DU in steals seven times, rebounding three times, assists two times • Shot  49.6 percent from the field (56-of-113) • Two-year letterwinner.

2009-2010 (sophomore): Played in 29 games • Averaged 12.5 minutes per game • Shot .569 percent from the field, .333 percent from beyond the arc, and 80 percent from the free throw line • Season-high 12 points against Arkansas State (Dec. 31) • Earned Sun Belt Academic Honor Roll certificate for achieving a 3.0 GPA or better.

2008-2009 (freshman): Played in all 31 games for the Pioneers • Averaged 2.2 points and 18.5 minutes per game • Set a career-high with nine points at Florida International (Jan. 17) • Recorded career bests with eight rebounds and four assists against Louisiana-Monroe (Mar. 4) in the first round of the Sun Belt Tournament • Led DU in steals five times, rebounding three times, and assists twice • Six points and three assists while logging a career-high 34 minutes during double-overtime loss at Louisiana-Lafayette (Jan. 3) • Shot 27-of-62 from the field (.435).

Monarch HS: Led the Coyotes to the second round of the Colorado Class 5A state tournament as a senior • Monarch’s all-time leader in rebounds and assists, and second in points • Named first team all-conference as a junior and senior • Named second team all-state as a senior and honorable mention as a junior • Scored 20 points per game as a senior • Led the state in assists as a junior with eight per game.

Academics: Graduated in May 2013 with a degree in mathematics • Two-time All-Pac-12 Conference Academic first team selection (2011-12 & 2012-13) • Dean’s List (2011) • Two-time NABC (National Association of Basketball Coaches Honors Court) selection (2012-13 and 2011-12) • Two-time Athletic Directors Honor Roll • Two-time Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll • 2013 recipient of the Pac-12 Conference Tom Hansen Medal for highest academic and athletic achievement of any CU male athlete.

: Born April 16, 1990 in Boulder, Colo. • Son of Michael and Joyce Chen • Three sisters, Carissa, Alana and Sophia • Received the Leader of the Pack award in high school • Enjoys playing sports and video games • Hopes to play professional basketball in the U.S. or Europe following his graduation.

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