Basketball Recruiting - Three-star Deuce Dean emerging as complete guard in 2019 class
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Three-star Deuce Dean emerging as complete guard in 2019 class

HAMPTON, Va. – The state of South Carolina has not lacked for talent in recent years, and the class of 2019 looks to be one of the best yet. Deuce Dean, a versatile 6-foot-4 guard, displayed a varied skill set and strong production at the Hoop Group Southern Jam Fest last week.

Running the point for the Team Loaded NC 16-under team this spring, Dean is capable of scoring the ball from all three levels, facilitating his team’s half-court offense and defending all three perimeter spots.

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The South Carolina native spoke on the schools currently standing out in his recruitment.

“Virginia Tech, Kansas State, South Carolina, Florida and Wake Forest have really contacted me the most,” Dean said. “There are others but those are the top five that have been in contact the most.”

The sophomore spoke on the five standing out.

Virginia Tech: “They stand out with the way that they play and all of their recruiting stuff. They are always up front about what you need to work on, what they like and what they don’t like. I like how they play, too, and how they get after it.”

South Carolina: “That is my hometown. I always have to represent the hometown.

“That run they made, it was incredible. It made me want to go to South Carolina seeing that.

“We (Christian Brown and Juwan Gary) all used to play AAU together. We all said it was impressive and it really opened our eyes.”

Florida: “The way they play; their point guards have a lot of room to score and all that. I really like that.”

Kansas State: “We played two weeks ago in Atlanta and they came to one of our games. After that, they called and offered. That was the first time they ever contacted me.”

Wake Forest: “I have been there a few times. Coach (Steve) Woodberry, he always contacts my dad, like every day, to see how I am doing.

“They got a good bunch of young guys. Unfortunately, Big John (Collins) is going to the league, but they have a really good team.”


While Virginia Tech and Kansas State have stepped forward with offers, look for the three others standing out, along with many more, to jump into the mix for Dean this summer.


Dean is the closest thing to a complete guard in the 2019 class. He can create for both himself and others, he has the toughness and intellect to score against a variety of defenses, and he already has the physical tangibles that should only improve as he matures. Add it up and what you have is a potential Rivals150 prospect in the 2019 class and a priority for the local SEC and ACC schools in the coming years.