Jeremy Denha

Jeremy Denha was a force on the basketball court at SC4.

Denha was the team leader in points and rebounds for the Skippers in both the 1999-2000 and 2000-2001 seasons. As a sophomore, he earned National Junior College Athletic Association Third-Team AllAmerican honors.

“SC4 is a wonderful place,” Denha said. “The experience I had at SC4 was one of the most valuable experiences of my life. I was challenged both as an athlete and a student. I was held accountable both in the classroom and on the court. I realized nothing in life was going to be given to me, and that I would have to work for it.”

The 6-foot-6 forward went on to play at Wayne State University, where he played a big role for the Warriors in the 2001-02 and 2002-03 seasons. In his first year at Wayne State, Denha played in all 27 games, starting 16 at center. He averaged 8.4 points and 3.4 rebounds per game, and was fifth in the GLIAC in field goal percentage (.569).

In his senior season, Denha started 12 games and was named to the GLIAC All-Academic team.

The Sterling Heights native and Utica Ford graduate majored in physical education at Wayne State, and began teaching and coaching following his playing days.

He is currently the health and physical education teacher at West Bloomfield High School, where he also serves as the varsity basketball coach, a position he has held since 2010.

“Jeremy was a very talented basketball player,” SC4 basketball coach and Athletic Director Dale Vos said. “He could score inside and outside and was a great rebounder. But the thing that really stands out for me was his work ethic. He was very dedicated to the game and to his schoolwork. He was also a great teammate.”