Dean Garrett

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Dean Garrett Biography

Dean Garrett is a former basketball player from Los Angeles, California that played for the Hoosiers between 1986 and 1988. He was starting center for Indiana’s 1987 NCAA National Championship team. Garrett transferred to Indiana University in 1986 after spending two years at the Community College of San Francisco. He was selected 38th overall in the 1988 NBA Draft by the Phoenix Suns. Garrett played overseas for seven seasons before returning back to the United States to play for five additional seasons in the NBA (Timberwolves, Nuggets, and Warriors).

  • Name: Dean “Heath” Garrett
  • Position: Center
  • Nationality: USA
  • Age: 53 years old
  • Birthday: November 27, 1966
  • Hometown: Los Angeles, California
  • High School: San Clemente High School (San Clemente, California)
  • Height: 6’11″ (211 cm)
  • Weight: 225 lb (102 kg)
  • Seasons:
    • Community College of San Francisco (1984-1985, 1985-1986)
    • Indiana (1986-1987, 1987-1988)
  • Jersey: #22
  • NBA Draft: 1988 NBA Draft / Round: 2 / 38th Overall (Selected by the Phoenix Suns)

Awards and Accolades

  • 1986 Big Ten Freshman of the Year

Dean Garrett Seasons with the Hoosiers

1986-1987 Indiana Basketball Season
Bob Knight (16th Season)
30-4 (15-3 Big Ten)
🏆 1st Place Big Ten
🏆 NCAA Champions
1987-1988 Indiana Basketball Season
Bob Knight (17th Season)
19-10 (11-7 Big Ten)
5th Place Big Ten
🏅 NCAA First Round

Dean Garrett Indiana University Career Statistics

(Source: Indiana University Athletics)

Season G GS Min FGM FGA FG% 3PM 3PA 3P% FTM FTA FT% Off Def Reb A Stl BS TO Pts Avg
1986-1987 34 33 952 163 301 0.542 0 0 61 96 0.635 288 21 17 93 41 387 11.4
1987-1988 29 28 924 184 344 0.535 0 0 99 142 0.697 75 171 246 13 17 99 34 467 16.1
Career 63 61 1876 347 645 0.538 0 0 160 238 0.672 75 171 534 34 34 192 75 854 13.6

Dean Garrett’s High School Career

Garrett attended San Clemente High School in California and played for the Tritons. During his high school career, he did not make the varsity team until his junior season. In his senior season from 1983 to 1984, Garrett averaged 20 points per game and earned All-County, All-League and All-CIF honors for his performance.

After graduation, Garrett played college basketball at the City College of San Francisco for two seasons. While he was in junior college, he led the team to an appearance in the state finals where they were defeated by Sacramento City College.

In 2011, Garrett’s No. 22 high school jersey was retired by San Clemente. He is the only player in Tritons history to have his jersey retired by the school.

Dean Garrett’s Career at Indiana University

Garrett was offered a scholarship by Indiana head coach Bob Knight and joined the team starting in the 1986-1987 season. In his first season with the Hoosiers, the 6-10 center averaged 11.4 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. In the spring of the 1987, he was awarded as the Big Ten Rookie of the Year for his performance that season.

Photo: Rob Goebel / The Star

Alongside Indiana greats such as Steve Alford, Daryl Thomas and Keith Smart, Garret was a member of the Hoosiers’ 1987 NCAA National Championship team. That Hoosier squad defeated Syracuse in the title game thanks to Keith Smart’s game winning shot giving Indiana the 74-73 victory.

Garrett’s production increased in his second season with the Hoosiers as both Alford and Thomas left the program. The senior averaged 16.1 points per game and was awarded as a member of the First Team All-Big Ten. He ranked first in the conference in total rebounds (246) and total blocks (99). For his Indiana career, Garret ranks 16th in the conference in career blocks with 192.

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Indiana finished fifth in the Big Ten and entered the NCAA tournament as a five seed. Garrett and the Hoosiers fell in the first round 72-69 to the 13th seeded Richmond Spiders.

Dean Garrett’s Professional Basketball Career

After the NBA draft, Dean Garrett play professionally overseas first in Italy. He spent a total of six seasons on three different Italian professional basketball teams before playing a lone season in Greece for P.A.O.K.

With professional basketball experience under his belt, Garrett returned back the the United States in 1996 to play for the Minnesota Timberwolves where would begin another six year professional basketball journey.

As a in the NBA rookie in 1996-97, Garrett scored career-high averages with 8.0 points and over 57% shooting from the field. In the playoffs that season, which was the first playoffs ever for the Wolves, he averaged 12.7 points and 11.7 rebounds.

After playing for the Denver Nuggets and then returning back to Minnesota, Garret retired from professional basketball after his final short stint with the Golden State Warriors in 2002.

Photo: Ann Heisenfelt / AP

Dean Garrett’s Professional Basketball Career Summary

  • 1989-1990 Jollycolombani Folri (Italy)
  • 1990-1993 Panasonic Reggio Calabria (Italy)
  • 1993-1995 Scavolini Pesaro (Italy)
  • 1995-1996 P.A.O.K. (Greece)
  • 1996-1997 Minnesota Timberwolves
  • 1997-1998 Denver Nuggets
  • 1998-2002 Minnesota Timberwolves
  • 2002 Golden State Warriors

Dean Garrett’s Life after Basketball

After Garrett retired from basketball, his friends proposed to him to move for Las Vegas to Minneapolis in order to begin a business idea. He has since moved to Minnesota and he is a part owner in three business in Minnesota: a restaurant called Bellanote, a nightclub called Escape, and a 612 Wireless phone retailer. Garrett supports these ventures as a financial backer and has varying degrees of involvement in each of the businesses.

Dean Garett’s Personal Life

Garrett is married Cristina Garrett and together they have one daughter, named Devyreau Garrett. Dean Garrett has three sisters named Tracy, Kelly and Elizabeth.


Contributors: Rob Jiang