2006 Focus: Daniel Deane

One of the early elite power forward prospects on the west coast for the class of 2006 is Utah's <b>Daniel Deane</b>. Deane is strong and physical but skilled, and that's created some early interest from a number of high-major schools...

Daniel Deane, 6-7 SO PF Judge (Utah) Judge Memorial, is one of the elite prospects at his position in the class of 2006. Strong and physical inside, Deane also has the ability to step away from the basket and knock down threes.

We spoke with Deane the other day and asked him about the schools that have expressed early interest.

"I've had the most contact with Utah, Oregon…and some others."

We asked Deane if he had a favorite school growing up and he replied, "Well, my Dad played at Utah and I also liked Stanford because of their academics."

Deane went on to discuss some of the issues he'll consider when choosing a school. "The area, how good the school is academically, the coaches and players they have. Early playing time is something I'll look at also."

We asked Deane if he liked a particular part of the country and he replied, "I like the Midwest and the West Coast. My parents would like me to be closer to home, but that won't be a major issue."

Deane said he doesn't anticipate a quick decision. "I'm going to take my time," said Deane.

Deane's team finished second in their region and they begin play in the state playoffs on Saturday. For the season, he said he averaged 15 points and 12 rebounds a game. Deane told us that he has a 3.8 GPA.

CAT TRACKS' ANALYSIS: If the Wildcats are talking to him at this point, it is safe to say that they are interersted. Don't expect a lot to happen with his commitment for awhile as the Cats are more focused on wrapping up the '04 class and getting the '05 class off to a strong start.

The key will be how he looks in the early stages of the summer recruiting season. A strong showing early could have the Cats coming hard.

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