Daniel Deane Has New Suitors

Prior to July, it was solely schools from the west of the Mississippi that resided on Daniel Deane's list. Now a few ACC schools have recently begun showing serious interest.

Daniel Deane's list consisted solely of schools west of the Mississippi – but a serious inquiry of late from North Carolina and an offer from Wake Forest have the blue-collar forward from Utah contemplating a move to the ACC.

The 6-foot-7 1/2, 230-pound Deane has already taken official visits to Stanford, Gonzaga and Kansas – and the hometown Utah Utes (where his father, Greg, played at from 1976-79) are heavily in the mix – although an official visit from Deane may not be necessary due to his familiarity with the program.

Deane, who averaged 18.7 points and 13 boards per game as a junior at Judge Memorial (Utah) last season, was basically set to choose from the trio of Gonzaga, Utah and Kansas – but now he's going to, at the very least, do his due diligence and explore the options surrounding UNC and Wake Forest.

While Deane said he was battling a mixture of allergies and a sinus infection in Las Vegas, most observers couldn't tell by his play. Deane is a relentless warrior whether it's crashing the boards or his physical, in-your-face style of defense. He never seems to take a play off and brings a hard-nosed toughness and plenty of intangibles to the table – even when he clearly felt less than 100 percent.

``It affected me more with my concentration," Deane admitted." I missed more shots than usual. I was thinking about being tired or having a headache."

Deane, who has a 3.8 GPA and a 1210 on the SAT, will get a couple more weeks to rest up before school starts up on Aug. 25. Prior to that, he'll do more research on a pair of schools that he admittedly knows little about.

``North Carolina and Wake Forest are the new schools that I've gotten calls from recently," Deane said. "I'm pretty interested in both of them. I want to learn more about them. I was planning on making a decision from the schools I was already looking at, but when schools like this get involved, you've got to take a look at them."

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