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Report: Utah guard Glen Dean transferring to Idaho

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Despite having WAC Player of the Year Kyle Barone the Idaho Vandals managed to win just 12 games in 2012-13, losing to eventual WAC tournament champion New Mexico State in the quarterfinals of the conference tournament.

So it’s safe to assume that the program was in need of an infusion of talent, especially considering the fact that Barone (17.1 ppg, 9.7 rpg) is out of eligibility. Idaho will add an experienced newcomer in 2013-14, as it was reported that former Utah guard Glen Dean will join the program.

Dean, who began his collegiate career at Eastern Washington, played just one season for the Utes and averaged 5.5 points and 2.1 assists per game in 2012-13. As a graduate student Dean will be eligible to play immediately.

Dean managed to reach double figures just once during Pac-12 play, scoring ten points in a five-point loss to California on January 24. Freshman Brandon Taylor emerged as conference play rolled on, and with him returning Utah will be fine at the point.

In addition to Barone, Idaho also has to replace leading assist man Mike McChristian (8.4 ppg, 2.8 apg) and the addition of Dean will help in this regard. Dean’s younger brother, 6-2 guard Perrion Callandret, committed to Idaho last fall. Idaho announced the signing of four players during the spring signing period on Wednesday.

The WAC next season will look far different, and even with the loss of Barone the Vandals should be a contender in a conference that features just two holdovers: Idaho and New Mexico State.

Cal State Bakersfield, Chicago State, Grand Canyon, UMKC, Texas-Pan American and Utah Valley will join those two schools in the WAC on July 1.

Raphielle also writes for the NBE Basketball Report and can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej.

Boise State loses guard Harwell to torn ACL

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Expected to be one of the favorites in the Mountain West this season, Boise State’s perimeter ranks have shrunk by one player due to injury. Thursday it was reported by the Idaho Statesman that freshman guard Malek Harwell will redshirt after suffering a torn ACL in practice. Along with fellow freshman Paris Austin, Harwell is expected to be a key part of the Broncos’ future beyond the upcoming season.

Now, instead of competing with an experienced backcourt that includes four redshirt seniors, Harwell will work to get his knee back to full strength for the 2016-17 season.

Among the guards who will play significant minutes this season are Anthony Drmic, who took a medical redshirt last season, Montigo Alford, Mikey Thompson and grad transfer Lonnie Jackson (Boston College). Chandler Hutchison, who started in Boise State’s final 18 games of the 2014-15 season as a freshman, will also compete for playing time.

Knee injury sidelines Illinois forward Leron Black

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Illinois will be shorthanded in its front court for the time being, as during the team’s media day Thursday head coach John Groce announced that sophomore forward Leron Black is out due to injury.

Black will undergo surgery Friday to repair a meniscus tear in his knee, and he’s expected to miss anywhere from four to six weeks. A return after four weeks would have Black back on the court just before the Fighting Illini open their season November 13 against North Florida. Any longer and the Memphis native would wind up missing some game action.

Black averaged 5.0 points and 4.3 rebounds in just under 15 minutes of action per game as a freshman. He’s one of the players expected to contribute in the front court for the Fighting Illini, who lost their best interior defender and second-leading rebounder in Nnanna Egwu at the end of last season (guard Rayvonte Rice, who led the team in rebounding, is also gone).

In addition to Black and junior Maverick Morgan, Illinois adds redshirt freshman Michael Finke and grad student Mike Thorne Jr. (via Charlotte) to their front court rotation.