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 his senior year begins 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."
"I've seen plenty of North Carolina and their offense, but I really don't know that much about Wake's offense," he added.
Deane said that North Carolina told him they'd like to set up an in-home visit for Roy Williams in September and if things get that far, the Tar Heels could extend a scholarship offer.
"Coach Williams is supposed to call me (Wednesday)," Deane said. "I'm definitely looking hard into them and would like to take a visit."