Monday, August 29, 2011
Dean Follows Brother's Footsteps, Transfers to New Hampton
It was just a 3 years ago that Gilford High's Eric Dean was a dominant force on both the basketball court and the football field. He then transferred to the New Hampton School prior to his senior year where he continued to play both sports, and is now a sophomore on the Trinity College basketball team.
Eric's younger brother Matt is taking a similar path. For the past 2 years he has played football, basketball and lacrosse at Gilford. And while it's uncertain as of yet which sport he'll end up playing in college, what we do know is that Matt will be transferring to New Hampton - just like Eric did in 2008.
"I am going to the New Hampton prep school this year" Matt Dean told the NH Notebook. "I am playing both basketball and football up there. I will also be playing lacrosse too. And I will be repeating my sophomore year there."
Dean, who now joins the Class of 2014, is one of NH's best three sport athletes. As a sophomore last year at Gilford he started in all 3 sports. He helped lead the school's football team to the Division VI championship game, combining with Brendan Murphy to form one of the most feared backfields in the state, regardless of division. Dean was just as good defensively, where he was a hard hitting linebacker for the Golden Eagles, and he also returned kicks.
The Gilford boys basketball team had another tough season last winter, failing to finish among the top 16 teams in Division III. Still, there's no question that Dean is one of the better basketball players in his class as well. He is a 5'11" guard who is quick and explosive with the basketball but also has the strength to finish inside and rebound against taller players. He's a similar player to his brother Eric, except he's not as tall (Eric is 6'3").
Matt Dean will definitely be missed by all 3 teams at Gilford, as he was a potential all-state player in all 3 of them for the next 2 years. This transfer shouldn't come as a surprise to anybody though, especially since Eric made the same switch prior to his senior year at Gilford in 2008. Not only that, but the NHIAA schools simply cannot match the level of competition or exposure that a prep school like New Hampton can offer.