Daniel Deane Looking for Breakout

Daniel Deane is a guy who doesn't even get a whole lot of exposure in his own state during the high school season. Now the Utah junior power forward will try and boost his stock to the McDonald's All-American level in the next few months.

Daniel Deane is one of those max-effort guys. He loves the comparisons to Jon Brockman, especially because he knows the future Washington Husky and his game fairly well.

The 6-7 ½, 235-pound Deane is a junior power forward at Judge Memorial High (Utah) whose father, Greg, played for then-assistant coach Jim Marsh at Utah in the late 1970s. Marsh coached Brockman with the Friends of Hoop team.

``My goal is to be a McDonald's All-American like my guy up in Washington," Deane said. "I think we play a little bit alike. I'm a little taller, but he plays pretty tough."

Deane is coming off a season in which he averaged 18.7 points and 13 boards per game before his team was knocked off in the state quarterfinals.

Now he'll go out with his Utah Pump ‘N Run team and try to show people that he's worthy of consideration among the nation's elite players.

It starts this weekend in Las Vegas and then he'll head to Houston for the Kingwood Classic. He'll also get a chance to prove himself at the adidas camp in July.

Utah coach Ray Giacoletti has made Deane a priority for obvious reasons. Deane will also meet with coaches from UCLA, Arizona, Oregon, Gonzaga and Illinois at some point in April.

``There's still no leader," Deane said. "But in two or three weeks, I think there will be. I'll be able to find out where they see me fitting into the program."

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