"We've got a lot of defensive improvement to make," Dean said after U of L's Red/White scrimmage Wednesday night. "They're young and they're going to learn. When they get a couple of games under their belt, they'll get it."
Pitino has consistently praised the offensive ability of his freshmen class this preseason. In the scrimmage, U of L's newcomers combined to score 104 points. However, as pleased as Pitino has been about their offense, he's been equally displeased with their play on defense.
Dean offers McGee a helping hand
during the Red/White scrimmage.
Point guard Andre McGee started opposite of Dean in the Red backcourt during the Red/White scrimmage and played well offensively, scoring 28 points and dishing out three assists. But he struggled somewhat defensively, committing five fouls on the night. As a freshman, Dean said he struggled to stay out of foul trouble, too.
"My first couple of games I fouled out," said Dean. "It's a learning process for him."
Dean said that once McGee's defense catches up to his offense, the Cardinals will have a dynamic point guard to run the show.
"He's a lightening bug," Dean said. "But defensively, he needs to step up a little bit more. Once he does that, he's going to be a great guard."
With so many newcomers playing key roles this season, even one's as talented as McGee and 6-foot-5 forward Terrence Williams, Dean realizes the Cardinals have plenty to do to establish themselves as legitimate contenders in the Big East and beyond.
"We have a lot to prove this year," said Dean.