Dean is one of five BIG EAST Conference players among the top 20 players cited on the All-America teams, which also include Connecticut's Rudy Gay and Josh Boone, Syracuse's Gerry McNamara and Villanova's Allen Ray. This year marks the 25th edition of the Blue Ribbon yearbook.
An NABC All-District 7 and All-Conference USA selection last season, Dean averaged 14.4 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.4 assists last year despite playing about two months of the season with mononucleosis. His 122 three-point goals set a new Louisville single season record while shooting 44.7 percent from three-point range (122-of-273), ninth best in the nation.
Usually at his best in big games, Dean was the Most Valuable Player of the 2005 Conference USA Tournament and Billy Minardi Classic and was honored on the all-tournament teams of the NCAA Albuquerque Region and the EA Sports Maui Invitational. The three-time captain will open his senior year with 1,118 career points, within reach of the Cardinals' all-time scoring top ten.
Last month, Dean was named as one of the top 50 preseason candidates for the John R. Wooden Award All-America team.
The Blue Ribbon College Basketball All-America team is as follows:
BLUE RIBBON 2005-06 ALL-AMERICAN TEAMS
First Team Shelden Williams 6-10 Sr. Duke Adam Morrison 6-8 Jr. Gonzaga Craig Smith 6-7 Sr. Boston College J.J. Redick 6-4 Sr. Duke Dee Brown 5-11 Sr. Illinois Second Team Rudy Gay 6-9 So. Connecticut Paul Davis 6-11 Sr. Michigan State P.J. Tucker 6-5 Jr. Texas Justin Gray 6-2 Sr. Wake Forest Gerry McNamara 6-2 Sr. Syracuse Third Team Eric Williams 6-9 Sr. Wake Forest Taj Gray 6-9 Sr. Oklahoma Curtis Withers 6-8 Sr. Charlotte Taquan Dean 6-3 Sr. Louisville Allan Ray 6-2 Sr. Villanova Fourth Team Josh Boone 6-10 Jr. Connecticut Vincent Greer 6-5 Sr. Minnesota Ronnie Brewer 6-7 Jr. Arkansas Curtis Stinson 6-3 Jr. Iowa State Rajon Rondo 6-1 So. Kentucky