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Dean signs with Sauk

PERU — When the basketball season was over this year at St. Bede Academy, Lady Bruins standout Mo Dean had had enough of the game, telling the BCR she was going to go to college and just be a student.

Turns out, she wasn't ready to walk away from the game.

On Wednesday morning, the 2013 BCR Player of the Year signed to continue her hoops career with Sauk Valley Community College in Dixon, and is ready to play again.

"I was burnt out, a little tired," she said. "But I've really did miss basketball. Being a part of a team is something you'll hold on to for the rest of your life."

Dean said Sauk was just a good fit for her.

"It's far enough away from IV. I've lived her all my life," Dean said of the Illinois Valley. "I'll get to experience something new and different. It's only an hour away and I can come home if I miss it."

Dean said she found nothing but positives at Sauk and coach Jedidiah Johnson, whom she called a laid-back kind of person, joking, just like her coach at St. Bede, Tom McGunnigal.

If the opportunity would come along to continue her career at a four-year school down the road, Dean said she would possibly open to that. The 6-2 center played big for the Lady Bruins, averaging 14.4 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per game.

Dean plans to study public relations and mass communcations at Sauk.

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