Dean College

  • 2013-2014 Mens Basketball Season Preview


    The Dean College Men's basketball team has visions of building upon last season's success when the team reached the 2013 NJCAA Region 21 Championship Game. The Bulldogs have their sights set on Illinois this year, the location of the NCJAA Division II championships and will feature a roster that returns three starters and with the addition of talented newcomers, there is reason to be optimistic about the program this year.

    Richard Fazzi, who enters his second season as Dean's head coach, is excited about his 2013-14 squad.. "We are building on our team chemistry and that's not always an easy thing to accomplish with a young group," Fazzi said. "My team goals are always the same: Go hard on and off the court, be a good teammate and play the next play. If we stick to those rules, it stands to reason our group is going to be that much better.  We want to continue to compete and continue to grow as a team."

    dean college mens basketballLeading the way are sophomore captains Keyon Armstrong and Jamal Reuben, who were both named all region last year.  Both Armstrong and Ruben averaged 10 points per game in Coach Fazzi’s high octane offense.  This year, both leaders will be counted on for their production and guidance as this will be their final year to suit up for the Bulldogs.  Armstrong can play both guard positions and thrives in Coach Fazzi’s transition offense, using his ability as a playmaker to make others better. “Keyon is one of the first players I recruited when I got the job at Dean, and I want to see him and the rest of the guys who are playing their last year here, go out on a positive note” Fazzi said.  Jamal Ruben, a Brockton Massachusetts native is as solid as they get.  "He’s one of the toughest players I have ever coached and he knows what he has to do to be successful at this level" said Fazzi.  

    The title for most improved player goes to another captain, sophomore wing David Seymour (Amityville, NY) who is expected to lead the charge in Coach Fazzi’s 94 feet of pressure style of play.. "David made a commitment this offseason to better himself as a person and as a member of this program after last season and his hard work is paying off” Fazzi said.

    The Bulldogs will rely heavily on first year player, Charles Correa, a three-time First Team All-State point guard from St. Raphael Academy >.  Correa led the Saints to a state title in his sophomore year, en route to being named the championship's most valuable player, as well as averaging a team-high 20.6 points per game during his senior year.

    Two names that the Dean community might already be familiar with are Joe Clarke (New Rochelle, NY) and Jalen Myrie (Gaithersburg, MD) who are both making headlines on the football team and are expected do the same on the court.  Myrie started at prep powerhouse Lawrence Academy last year, while Joe Clarke led New Rochelle to the state championship game and was named first team all state.

    Other players that will make an impact on the court this year are sophomore wing, Ethan Dujon (Warwick, RI) who was injured for the majority of last season.  Dujon hopes to make his comeback by adding depth to the guard position.

    Guards: Jean Luc Parker (Georgetown, TX), Aaron Thomas (Bear, DE), Antonio Pires (Carver, MA), Daivon Edwards (Mission Hill, Roxbury MA).  Forwards: William March (Boston, MA), Brandon Marshall (Hartford, CT), Devin Stallings (Waterbury, CT), Jaquan Harrison (Windsor, CT), Nakia Hendricks (Mashpee, MA), Sidney Coakley (Orlando, FL) & Jovel Beckford (Providence, RI)

    "It's an incredibly exciting time for Dean Basketball because we know what we're capable of," said Fazzi. "The bottom line is, we can't just talk about it, we have to go out and make it happen.  We have to defend our home court and have the mental toughness to go on the road and win games.  We set some high goals this year and the only way to accomplish them is if we are all on the same page and focused on achieving these goals." The Bulldogs open their season on the road at the RCC Invitational on November 2nd and 3rd.

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