At the beginning of his junior season, 2019 point guard prospect, Deuce Dean, decided to transfer to York Prep (SC) from Dutch Fork (SC). His move to York Prep allowed him to team up with 2018 Division 1 prospect, Vincent Cole, and 2019 top-100 big man, DJ Burns. Dean, a top-150 junior himself, says the opportunity to play with such talented players was a major factor in his decision to transfer. “My decision was simply off being able to play with other top talent like Vince and DJ, and their national schedule,” said Dean on his transfer to York Prep.
They added a strong point guard who takes pride in his defense. “My strength and ability to move well make me a good defender,” said Dean, “I also control the ball well and rarely turn it over, but I’ve got to work on being more a leader all the time.”
“Vince and I feed off each other’s energy, while DJ is the big guy that everybody knows about, so that takes pressure off of us,” Dean stated on being part of the team’s trio,”When those guys are on their game, they’re top players in the nation hands down.” Although, they’ll have their hands full on January 6th when the number two prospect in the class of 2018, Zion Williamson, and Spartanburg Day School (SC) travel to York Prep for an in-state match-up. Dean says, “We expect to win that game and put on a show for the crowd. We’ve got to pressure the ball and not let (Zion) get in the paint. If we can keep him in front and force him to shoot we’ll be alright.”
A game plan that sounds simple enough, slowing down Williamson is a tall task for any team. If Dean can play well in the game, as well as others leading up to it, he’ll likely add to what is already a long list of Division 1 schools recruiting him. He says Wake Forest, Tennessee, Virginia, Clemson, and Virginia Tech have all been heavily involved lately, while he only holds offers from Charlotte and Colorado State. Of those schools involved, he’s recently taken visits to Virginia and Virginia Tech.
“I like the coaches and the atmosphere at Virginia Tech,” said Dean on his visit with the Hokies. As for his visit with Virginia, Dean said, “I love the way Virginia plays. They always get after it so that’s always a good visit when I get to watch them practice.”
He says no schools stand out at this point, but plans to make a decision sometime late in the summer or at the beginning of his senior year. “I’m looking for the best fit. I want to be able to come in and play right away,” he said on what will factor into his decision, “What players they have coming in and what players they have leaving will play a part too.”
Even with a confident mindset on what he’s looking for out of a school, he says no schools stand out over any others at this point. High-majors have taken notice early on for the York Prep point guard, but the offers will likely roll in soon as teams wrap up their 2018 recruiting classes and look to start landing 2019 prospects like Dean.