SALT LAKE CITY — The Runnin' Utes dedicated Friday night's 71-59 win over Idaho State to teammate Glen Dean, who is in the hospital recovering from brain surgery. The team planned to visit him after the game.
Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak visited the transfer from Eastern Washington on Thursday where Dean immediately asked how practice went.
"He wants to be a part of this and get it turned around. I thought it was really interesting when all the focus should have been on him, he was wondering how we were doing," Krystkowiak said. "There's some irony in the fact that he wears jersey No. 1. That this was our first Division I win. Just picturing him up in the hospital room tonight listening to the game, we're all excited to get up and see him."
Dean was a primary topic of discussion in the team's postgame remarks.
"Glen's a guy who pushes us so hard in practice. He's just so much about the team," said center Jason Washburn. "It's not even comparable to anybody. He loves being here. He hates that he can't play, but he does everything he can and we miss him bad. We're going to share this with him."
Krystkowiak noted that Dean, who had his surgery on Wednesday, will probably remain in the hospital for two or three more days. He'll return home to Seattle, as previously planned, for the holiday break. Krystkowiak said that Dean should be back with the team after the new year. The guard is practicing but not playing in games this season because of NCAA transfer rules.
Utah team physician Dr. David Petron released a statement earlier on Friday about Dean.
"Glen Dean suffered from a congenital blood vessel malformation that required surgical repair," Petron said. "His recovery is going extremely well and we expect him to make a full recovery."
Out of respect for privacy, Glen and his family have asked university officials not to release any additional information on his condition, prognosis or surgical procedure.