Dean sinks 1,000th point

 Montrose’s Cameron Dean is presented with the game ball for scoring his 1000th point before a varsity game Jan. 28. From left:  Montrose Coach Sean Madden;  Dean’s sister, Heather Bradley;  Cameron Dean;  mother, Diane Dean; and Montrose Asst. Principal Eric Powers. PHOTO BY HEIDI ZENEFSKI

Montrose’s Cameron Dean is presented with the game ball for scoring his 1000th point before a varsity game Jan. 28. From left: Montrose Coach Sean Madden; Dean’s sister, Heather Bradley; Cameron Dean; mother, Diane Dean; and Montrose Asst. Principal Eric Powers. PHOTO BY HEIDI ZENEFSKI

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Cameron Dean scores the 1000th point of his high school career with a one-handed slam dunk in Montrose’s Jan. 14 win over Mt. View. PHOTO COURTESY OF CAMERON DEAN

BY HEIDI ZENEFSKI
Sports Correspondent

Cameron Dean, the 6’6” Meteors’ basketball center, hit a milestone on January 14, when the Montrose traveled to Mt. View to take on the Eagles.

Dean, a senior, scored his 1000th point, a feat not reached by many high school basketball players. In fact it has been almost two years since the last Montrose boys’ basketball player hit that mark, when Colby Major (Class of 2012) accomplished it, coincidentally also at a game against Mt. View.

Dean is the son of Jeffrey and Diane Dean.

As of Jan. 31, Dean has scored 299 points this season and ranks second in scoring in Division IV, averaging 18.7 points per game, according to the Varsity 570 website. He has led his second place team to a successful season so far and hopes to help his team keep on winning. The Meteors currently have a 5-1 division record and are 7-7, overall.

He was relieved to get his 1000th point to take the pressure off, but no one predicted that he would score 999 and 1,000 with such style.

Dean wowed the fans with a left one-handed slam dunk. Going in for the shot, Dean said he knew the basket would be his 1000th point and the opportunity to dunk was there. He said he would have dunked even if it hadn’t been the milestone basket “but it made it cooler that is was.”

Dean started playing basketball as a 4th grader at Lathrop Street Elementary School, playing on the 5th grade travel team and continued the following two years, finishing elementary school basketball by winning the tournament championship game.

Two other players, Brenton Warner and Erik Burgh, from that championship team still play together on the Montrose Varsity team six years later.
Dean also started playing AAU basketball at that time and he credits that experience for helping him “evolve as a basketball player outside of Montrose.”

AAU coach Tony Lindsey, who has been his coach since he was 9-years-old, has inspired him to be a better player and taught him so much. He is also inspired by his mother, Diane, who was a great high school basketball player in North Carolina.

Dean’s favorite basketball memory is “beating Elk Lake at home last year.” The longstanding Montrose-Elk Lake rivalry is huge and a win in the home gym is something to remember.

Reflecting back on his high school career, Dean said he has no regrets and would “change nothing. I’ve really enjoyed my high school years.”
He also offers advice to younger players, “Practice hard every day and be committed.”

Dean’s post graduation plans have not yet been settled but he hopes to attend Marywood University and major in political science. He also plans to continue his basketball career at the college level.