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Men's Basketball Signs National Letter of Intent




April 17, 1998

Willie Deane, a 6-foot-1-inch, 180-lb. guard from Schenectady (N.Y.) High School, has signed a national letter of intent to play basketball at Boston College, beginning with the 1998-99 season, according to head coach Al Skinner.

A four-year starter at Schenectady High School, Deane averaged 22.8 points per game this past season, leading his team to a 28-1 record. The Patriots won the New York Public High School Athletic Association Class A Championship. Dean captured tournament MVP honors.

After winning 28 straight contests, Schenectady High School suffered its only loss of the season to Rice High School in the semifinals of the state Federation Tournament. Deane led all scorers with 20 points in the 66-56 loss.

Deane finished his schoolboy career with 1,500 points. As a senior, he captured Albany Times-Union Player of the Year honors, as well as gained first-team all-star honors from the Schenectady Gazette.

Deane becomes the third high-school standout to sign with the Eagles. Forward Brian Ross (North Quincy, Mass./North Quincy HS) and swingman Clinton Sims (Paris, Ky./Maine Central Institute) signed national letters of intent during the early signing period in November 1997.

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