For most high school players in the country, the diminution of last summer’s AAU season left many athletes without a chance to achieve their goals of getting the opportunity to play basketball at the next level.
“I’m just going with the flow,” South Miami star Arturo Dean told 305Sports.
The 2021 guard was looking forward to getting his name out there while playing with E1T1 Elite. While that experience was somewhat limited, it didn’t mean opportunities stopped coming his way.
Currently listed as the No. 49 point guard in the nation by ESPN, Dean believes the latest ranking adds another reason to prove his worth this upcoming season.
“I was proud of myself but at the same time a little disappointed,” Dean said. “I feel like I could have a higher rank than that, but it’s just motivating me to work even harder. But I did appreciate my name being up there.”
Dean’s craftiness and quickness on the court have drawn the attention of schools all around the country. Programs such as East Carolina, Jacksonville, James Madison University, Virginia Tech, Georgia State, FGCU, Stetson and Mercer have all kept close contact with the rising senior.
With the recruitment process being hectic for all prospects, the 5-foot-9 guard has chosen “to be open minded and choose whatever school that’s a perfect fit for me.”
Coming off a season where he averaged 24.6 points, 5.5 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 5.1 steals a night, Dean looks to help the Cobras claim its eighth district championship in nine years.