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Former NU High star making an impact for the Iowa Hawkeyes

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) - The Iowa Hawkeyes will have four seniors on their roster this season, and while most fans have heard of Aaron White, Gabe Olaseni and Josh Ogelsby, the other Hawk senior represents the heart and soul of this year's team.

Kyle Denning is a Hawkeye walk-on who paid for his first three years of school before earning a scholarship this past summer. Denning was an all-state guard for the NU High Little Panthers, and he passed up the chance to play at some smaller schools for the opportunity to wear the black and gold.

Denning doesn't get a lot of playing time, but coach Fran McCaffery says his value to the Hawkeye basketball program is immeasurable.

"He'd been a three year contributor, a tremendous young man," McCaffery said. "He worked extremely hard, is a real good player. He's run the scout team the last three years, which is a very difficult job; you have got to learn another team's offense in two days and run it, then learn another one and another one and get our team ready."

"I'm going to come into practice every day and make my teammates better and run the scout team like I've been doing the past three years -- that's always been a blast, playing the best point guards in the country," Denning said. "Just make my teammates better and make myself better -- I can't forget about that. I have to make myself better everyday. I always feel I'm an injury away from going in, so I have to always be ready for that."

Denning plans to go into coaching when his Hawkeye career is done.

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