|High School:||Roosevelt HS '08|
|Previous College:||Laurinburg Institute Prep|
Kirk Earlywine on Dean: “From high school, we knew he was a good player. But I would be lying if I said we knew he would be one of the best freshmen in the league, let alone the best. We already had seniors on our roster, so we were looking for somebody in our program to take over the following year. In every way imaginable he’s exceeded our expectations. His performance on the floor and in the classroom has been unbelievable. Because he had an extra year out of high school, physically he was more ready than most freshmen. He also has the willingness to be coached and to listen. He has a very high basketball IQ and he’s constantly asking for more. He wants to look at more video and learn, and he has the ability to work on an individual skill and translate it to a 5-on-5 situation. That’s a rare quality. He’s a true guard and a fantastic passer. He has a great feel for the game and understanding, and he is an extension of my voice out on the floor. He showed great leadership qualities for a freshman along with physical strength and toughness beyond his years. He has the ability to score, but that’s not what he does best. He understands how to get shots for the other players on the floor.”
2009:10: Dean was chosen as the Big Sky Conference Freshman of the Year as selected by the league’s nine head coaches. He is the fourth Eagle to earn that honor, joining Rodney Stuckey (2006), Matt Nelson (2004) and Marc Axton (2002) as the previous winners. He was selected to the Big Sky Conference All-Academic team. He was also Eastern’s male recipient of the December Scholar-Athlete of the Month Award, and currently has a 3.64 grade point average at EWU. He finished with a 12.2 scoring average to rank 11th in the Big Sky, and his average of 4.4 assists was second. He was also eighth in the Big Sky in three-point field goal percentage (42.9 percent) and seventh in free throw percentage (80.4). In Big Sky Conference play, Dean averaged 5.2 assists to lead the BSC in league-only statistics, and his 14.4 scoring average was 10th. He made 29-of-62 treys (46.8 percent to rank fifth) and 57-of-68 free throws (83.8 percent to rank sixth). He led the team in scoring in 10 games and assists in 22 outings, including 14 of 16 league games. He also led the team in steals on seven occasions and rebounding three times. After seven non-league games to start his career, Dean had a break-out game with 17 points and four assists in the team’s league opener against Portland State (12/5/09). Two games later, he had a double-double with 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting and 10 assists in Eastern’s three-point loss at Nevada (12/17/09). He equaled the 14th-best recorded assists total in school history, and was the most since Rodney Stuckey (now with Detroit Pistons) had 10 versus Idaho State on Feb. 22, 2007. Dean equaled his season high with 10 assists at Portland State (1/30/10), giving him his second double-double of the year as he also had 10 points. However, eight of his assists came in the first half as foul trouble limited him to just eight minutes in the second half. Worst of all, he had to sit out most of the stretch when PSU overcame a 14-point deficit by out-scoring EWU 40-18 in the final 15 minutes. In EWU’s victory versus Montana State (1/10/10), Dean finished with 23 points, seven assists and a career-high six rebounds. He made a game-winning, six-foot running bank shot with 3.8 seconds to play. Against Sacramento State (12/31/09), Dean scored 29 points as he made 8-of-17 shots from the field and 6-of-7 free throws, and had seven assists and just two turnovers in 34 minutes of action. He tied the school record with seven three-pointers in 12 attempts, equaling the mark set on 11 previous occasions by five other players. In helping Eastern to a home sweep over the Montana schools, he provided the late-game heroics in each outing. He scored seven of Eastern’s final 11 points versus Montana State (2/12/10) in a 74-69 win, and 10 of EWU’s last 14 in a 69-68 victory over Montana (2/14/10). For the weekend, he averaged 17.5 points and 5.5 assists while making 50 percent of his shots from the field, 5-of-9 three-pointers and 12-of-16 free throws. He scored seven of his 12 points in the final 1:06 against Montana State, including a three-pointer with 44 seconds to play that gave EWU the lead for good. Versus UM, Dean made a free throw with 2.5 seconds left to provide the final margin.
High School: Graduated from Roosevelt HS in 2008. He spent one season at the Laurinburg Institute preparatory school in North Carolina after originally signing a letter of intent with Portland State. He averaged more than 14 points per game as a three-year starter at Roosevelt, scoring a total of 954 points in those three seasons. He earned first team All-Kingco 4A League honors as a senior, second team accolades as a junior and honorable mention as a sophomore. As a senior at Roosevelt, he averaged 15.3 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.5 steals and 2.3 assists per game. He made 53 percent of his shots from the floor (129-of-243), 44 percent of his three-pointers (41-of-93) and 63 percent of his free throws (52-of-83). He scored in double figures 17 times, with six games of 20 points or more in leading the Roughriders to an 18-7 record overall and 7-3 record in the KingCo 4A League Mountain Division. He had a high game of 31 points in a 72-59 win over Inglemoor when he made 11-of-17 shots from the field and 5-of-7 free throws. He had 30 in a 69-55 win over Redmond when he missed just two shots the entire night as he made 10-of-11 field goal attempts, all five of his three-point attempts and 5-of-6 free throws. He also had highs of eight steals, six assists and seven rebounds in single games. As a junior, he averaged 14.4 points as Roosevelt finished 16-7. He had a high game of 30 points, and also averaged 1.9 rebounds (high of 8), 1.5 assists (high of 7) and 1.2 steals (high of 5) per game. As a sophomore, Dean averaged 14.3 points in leading the Roughriders to a 10-13 record. He also averaged 1.8 rebounds (high of 5), 1.3 assists (high of 4) and 1.3 steals (high of 6).
Personal: Born Oct. 20, 1989, in Seattle. He intends on majoring in business. Parents are Glen Dean and Judi Sinclair.