What he lacks in explosion, he makes up for with hard work, toughness and strength. And he also can face the basket and knock down a jumper out to 15 feet. He definitely proved to the UCLA coaches that he'll be among their main targets in the west coast class of post players for 2006.
Deane said that his favorite early schools are UCLA, Marquette, Utah, Arizona and Stanford. "I really don't have a favorite right now," Deane said. "It's really early and I'm just beginning to think about colleges."
Deane said there were some factors that will be big for him in determining which college he'll attend: "Early playing time is important to me. I want to go somewhere that I have a chance to play when I'm a freshman. I also want a place where I can do more than just block out and rebound, someplace with an offense geared for me to score, too. And the players and the coaches are important."
Deane, spending three days at UCLA, said he enjoyed his visit. "It's been great. I could see myself here. But I could see myself in a lot of places," he said.
UCLA head coach Ben Howland is longtime friends with Deane's father, Greg, who played at Utah.
Talking about the timeframe on his decision, Deane said that he'd like to wait and see all the schools he'll consider. "But if I absolutely knew where I wanted to go, if I fell in love with a school, I could commit."
Deane said he has a 3.8 GPA and hasn't yet taken the SAT.