Power forward attracting Cats' interest

Arizona needs a big man in the 2006 class. There are a lot of good ones out there. One of the best is Daniel Deane. The Salt Lake big man is an impact player in high school and wants to be the same on the collegiate level.

"I want to make an impact as a freshman," Deane admitted. "I want to contribute right away."

Before Deane can focus on college he's focused on the state playoffs. His Judge Memorial squad is just 14-7, but 8-2 in their region. The team lost one of their best players for 10 games, but he's back and the team is now gearing up for the state playoffs. "We have a pretty good shot," Deane said. "Put it this way, if I was an outsider I'd put my money on us."

They'll play Friday against a yet to be determined opponent.

Deane puts the power in power forward. He's been compared to former Wildcat Michael Wright, but a tad more athletic. He has a decent shot from 15' and in and can put the ball on the floor at times.

He's listing Utah, UCLA, Stanford, Arizona, Marquette, Gonzaga and Oregon, but does not list a favorite among the bunch.

"Each school is special in its own right," Deane explains. "So no one is better individually, each has it own ups and downs."

As of now Deane is planning on waiting until after the summer recruiting events are over, so a decision does not appear to be coming any time soon.

The Arizona coaches were out to see him play on Friday and they are a team that looks to be in it until the end.

"They have an excellent tradition," Deane said of the Wildcats. "I've been told that in Arizona it is all about basketball."

He had good things to say about the other teams on his list as well.

"Stanford has the academics. UCLA is in the heart of Los Angeles and you have all the benefits of living there. Gonzaga is in a remote location and I actually like remote locations."

It is the Utes who could be the toughest to beat. Although he does have them as a leader, they are the local team and the school both of his parents attended.

"I always rooted for the Utes," Deane said. "They are the team I watched growing up. They are the home team and my parents' alma mater, but that won't affect my decision."

Deane is a fan of both college basketball and the NBA, though he admits he has paid less attention to the Utah Jazz since star player Andrei Kirilenko went down.

He was in front of the television back in Utah when the Utes and the Cats squared off and came away impressed.

"It was a close one. Both are very good teams."

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