On this week’s Tiger Talk, host Zack Bayrouty will sit down with three Pacific Men’s Basketball legends to talk about the history of the program. Featured guests include Keith Swagerty ’67, Ron Cornelius ’81, and Dell Demps ’92.
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Swagerty was the first Tiger to have his number retired as the most prolific rebounder in Pacific history with 1,505 rebounds in his career. The Tigers went 46-10 during the 6-7 center’s final two seasons, winning two West Coast Athletic Conference titles and making two trips to the NCAA Tournament. Swagerty was first team All-WCAC and conference MVP both years and earned All-American recognition and California Player of the Year as a senior averaging 18.9 points per game and 18.5 rebounds per game.
Cornelius was the third Tiger to have his number retired finishing with 2,065 career points. He earned first team All-PCAA three times and was named conference MVP as a sophomore after leading Pacific to the hoop crown and a berth in the NCAA Tournament. He led the Tigers in scoring twice and rebounding and field goal percentage four times. Cornelius earned All-American honors after his junior and senior season and was a third round pick by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1981 NBA Draft.
Demps was the most recent Tiger to have his number retired in January 2019. He was a four-year starter and three-time All-Big West selection, along with a two-time team MVP for the Tigers. Demps was one of the most prolific scorers in Pacific history, still ranking second with a career total of 1,742 points. He also remains second among all four-year Tiger players with a career average of 15.2 points per game. After his time at Pacific, Demps went on to play 10 years both internationally and in the NBA. After playing, Demps moved to the operations side of the NBA serving as the director of pro player personnel for the San Antonio Spurs. He then moved onto the New Orleans Pelicans as the senior vice president of basketball and general manager for 9 season. He currently is an assistant coach with the Utah Jazz.