Dean Transfers to MTJanuary 14, 2003 · MT Media Relations
Blue Raider Head Coach Kermit Davis has announced that shooting guard Mike Dean (6-2, 170) has transferred from the University of Georgia to Middle Tennessee and will become eligible for the Blue Raiders following final exams next December.
Dean, who will have junior eligibility status after sitting out the required one year, hails from Rome, Ga., and attended Coosa High School. During his two seasons at Coosa, Dean led his team to the AA Final Four in 2000 and the Elite Eight in 2001. During his senior campaign, Dean averaged 31.3 points, 8.2 rebounds, and six assists per game. Following his senior year, Sporting News rated him the #18 shooting guard in the nation.
Dean saw limited action during his two seasons at Georgia. He played in 23 games during his freshman campaign, averaging 1.8 points per game. His season-high of nine points came against Arkansas. He also played in six games this season before deciding to transfer at the semester break, scoring 2.8 points in these contests.
"We felt like we needed a more mature guard to go with our high school players next season," said Davis. "We feel really good about our high school players we signed early, and we think that Mike will be a good, mature influence on them."
Davis continued, "He had a very prolific high school career and was highly rated when he signed with Georgia. I have talked to Coach [Jim] Harrick, and he told me that they didn't want to lose him, he was just behind two All-American guards in Ezra Williams and Jarvis Hayes and the minutes just weren't going to be there for him. We're very excited to have him here practicing with us and getting prepared for next season."
Dean joins guards Ben Britt, Bryan Smithson, and Montrell Crittendon, along with forwards Kenyona Swader, Keith Christmas and Alex Weekes as members of the 2003-04 recruiting class. Guard Darrio Scott, a transfer from George Washington, will also gain his eligibility next season.
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