Utah junior Glen Dean had brain surgery Wednesday after the redshirting guard had to leave the team bench during a game last week, former Eastern Washington coach Kirk Earlywine told The Spokesman-Review.
Earlywine, who recruited Dean to Eastern and coached him for two seasons before being fired last March, said he first learned about the ruptured blood vessel on Saturday after noticing Dean, who is redshirting at Utah this winter under the NCAA’s transfer rule, did not return to Utes’ bench for the second half of their televised game against Brigham Young.
"When I saw he wasn't there, I started calling around," said Earlywine, who went on to learn that Dean had originally experienced some dizziness after lifting weights on Dec. 7, and then got extremely dizzy again, and started losing vision in one of his eyes, during the BYU game.
According to Earlywine, Dean underwent a series of medical tests on Sunday, when the ruptured blood vessel was first discovered. Utah flew Dean’s mother, Judy Sinclair, to Salt Lake City on Monday and she was at University Hospital during her son's lengthy surgery.
Dean was the Big Sky freshman of the year and leading scorer at Eastern Washington while playing for Earlywine. After Earlywine lost his job, Dean decided to transfer to Utah, where he is currently sitting out the season.
Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak confirmed the surgery Thursday, telling the Salt Lake Tribune, "It was pretty spooky."
Krystkowiak said he did not know how long Dean’s recovery will take, but Dotson said Dean already is eager to return.
"He's always worried about the team," said [teammate Aaron] Dotson, a junior transfer from Louisiana State. "The first thing he asked me was, 'How was practice today?' I was like, you just got out of surgery, talk about something else."