College Basketball Nation: Glen Dean

Utah's Glen Dean undergoes brain surgery

December, 15, 2011
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."

Utah adds another potential impact transfer

May, 12, 2011
Sophomore guard Glen Dean, the former Big Sky freshman of the year who led Eastern Washington in scoring and assists in his two seasons, has transferred to Utah, the school announced Thursday.

Dean averaged 13.3 points and 4. 2 assists during a season in which he came back from a stress fracture in his foot. He had been considering a transfer after coach Kirk Earlywine's contract was not renewed and now heads over to join new Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak.

"We are very excited to have Glen join our program," Krystkowiak said in a statement. "He brings a tremendous amount of success at the Division I level and will have a full year to sit out while learning our system and continuing to improve his individual skill. He is a terrific person, great student and good leader, who we are looking forward to working with."

The 5-foot-10 Dean is the second guard from Seattle to transfer to Utah this spring. In replenishing a roster that has seen its share of transfers following the firing of Jim Boylen, Krystkowiak also has added Aaron Dotson from LSU.

Utah is moving to the Pac-12 from the Mountain West Conference this coming season.

Eastern Washington is really banged up

October, 21, 2010
Eastern Washington guard Glen Dean, the reigning Big Sky freshman of the year, is out indefinitely with a stress fracture in his foot and headlines a long list of players on the team's injury report.

Dean, who led the team last season scoring 12.2 points per game, could be out anywhere from two months to the entire season, according to The Spokesman-Review.

At one point during practice last weekend, the Eagles were down to eight healthy players, forcing two assistant coaches to take part in practice (A third assistant, Jamie Matthews, was in the hospital with staph infection in his eye).

Freshman Geoffrey Allen suffered a broken wrist and will redshirt. Junior college transfer Rashano McRae has back spasms. Freshman Willie Hankins hasn't yet been cleared to practice by the NCAA.

The injury bug can seemingly be contagious at times, but you know it's bad for the Eagles when even team trainer Donald Sims suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon.

Get well soon, fellas.

Gardner-Webb makes coaching change

March, 5, 2010
Gardner-Webb announced this afternoon that it will not retain Rick Scruggs as coach after 15 seasons with the school.

Scruggs, whose team toppled Kentucky in 2007, had a 199-218 record and was let go after the Runnin' Bulldogs were 8-21 this season.

In other coaching news...

  • Eastern Washington coach Kirk Earlywine on Tuesday received a contract extension for one year after a 9-21 season. He is 32-58 in three seasons and hasn't yet coached a team into the six-team Big Sky tournament, but has a bright spot in guard Glen Dean being chosen as the conference's freshman of the year.
  • Wagner fired Mike Deane earlier in the week, and the Staten Island Advance has a look at possible candidates, including former coach Dereck Whittenburg who was fired at Fordham, and a mention of Florida assistant Richard Pitino. Yep, that's the son of Rick Pitino.