Adrian D. Varnedoe
Dean Garrett knew he was too skinny at 6'11 to play center at a Division One school, even if the school recruited him. So, the 18-year-old, just out from San Clement High School, in Southern California, where he grow up, enrolled at City College after moving to San Francisco with his mother.
Even though the Rams had won eight of the last nine Golden Gate Conference titles under Head Coach Brad Duggan, Garrett's presence on the team was felt when the Rams were ranked eighth in the state.
In 1985, Garrett, guard Edward Allen and forward John Trezvant led the now third ranked Rams to another Golden Gate Conference title and into the playoffs, where they lost in the first round to Long Beach City College.
The next year the Rams got even closer to the state title, when they lost in the semi-finals to Sacramento City College. That year, Garrett was MVP of the Golden Gate Conference, averaging over 20 points and seven rebounds a game.
Garrett said that by that time, he had improved his game with the help of Duggan, and also buffed up.
"Playing for Brad (Duggan) made my whole time at City College, " said Garrett when asked what was his best time at city. "I just wish I could have won him a (state) championship."
He knew that he was going to play basketball at another college, but didn't know where until he found out that Indiana University was interested.
"When Indiana came around that was it, that's where I wanted to go, there was no doubt about it."
"I learned a different way of playing basketball from Brad," he said. "And it got me ready for Indiana."
"Without him, I probably wouldn't be here right now," he said about Duggan." He's like a father to me, I love the guy."
In 1987, Garrett, Freddie Banks, Mark Wade and Steve Alford took the Hoosiers to a NCAA Championship with a 74-73 win over Syracuse, which was led by freshmen Derrick Coleman. That year, the Hoosiers ended the season with a 30-4 record and ranked No. 1 in the country. Garrett ended the season averaging 11.6 points and 2.7 blocks a game. Garrett still holds the Hoosier's single-game and single-season block-shot records.
Garrett ended his career at Indiana with 854 points and 534 blocked shots.
In the summer of 1988, Garrett was drafted 38th overall by the Phoenix Suns in the second round, but Garrett ended up overseas, playing basketball in Italy for six seasons.
Garrett said he didn't enjoy his time in Italy because he was a lone 21- year-old in a country where he didn't know anybody.
"I wanted to be here in the States playing in the NBA."
In the summer of 1995, Garrett got a call from his agent, who said the Min-nesota Timberwolves wanted to talk to him.
That's all Garrett wanted to hear. Garrett signed a one-year contract with the Tim-berwolves on Sept. 18, 1996, and was the oldest rookie in the NBA at the age of 30.
The next year he signed a contract with the Denver Nuggets and played in every game for them. In the summer, he was traded back to Minnesota in a three-team, five-man, two draft-pick trade. He stayed there for five more years. On Feb. 22, 1997, Garrett was traded from the Timberwolves to the Warriors for troubled player Mac Jackson.
Garrett said that friends and family called him while he was on a bus and told him they saw on TV that he was traded.
"I didn't like it, I didn't want to leave, I wanted to stay there (in Minnesota), but it's the business."
"He was a good person to be around," said Timber-wolves forward Joe Smith after an Apr. 10 game. "He's a hard worker--you can't ask for anything more."
"But it's unfortunate what happened to Dean," he added.
The truly unfortunate thing about the trade is that Garrett played in only 6 games for a grand total of 18 minutes with the Warriors.
"Dean is a good guy," said Warriors Head Coach Brian Winters after the Utah Jazz game. "He had a good career in the NBA."
Winters said Garrett wasn't getting playing time because the Warriors have Erick Dampier and Adonal Foyle, whom the coach considers faster, younger and better at center. But the Oct. 29 Sports Illustrated's NBA pre-season preview said Garrett was getting better even at the age of 36.
Garrett is in the last year of his contract with the Warriors. He got paid $3.3 million this year. Garrett wouldn't go into any details where he'll play next year, but he believes he'll still be playing basketball.
On one occasion, Garrett, sitting at the end of the beach next to injured Warriors guard Mookie Blaylock, didn't look very interested in the game. He was looking around and talking to teammates, and when there was a time-out, he would stand sometimes on the outside of the huddles. But when one of his teammates made a great play or score that got the team back into the game, he was the first to jump up and clap his hands.
Garrett was inducted into the City College Hall of Fame in 2000.
By Satoshi Asano
All Rams baseball players have been well acquainted throughout the semester. Now that the season is over, the 2002 Rams baseball team spirit may have ended, but memories of their time and experiences spent together will never end.
After Peter Callegari singled a game-ending hit to right in the bottom of the 10th inning, all the Rams' faces lit up.
The Rams won their ending game 4-3 after being down 0-3 against Mission College on May 4 at Balboa Park.
"I was looking for something to just drive the other way and score the winning run," said Callegari, No. 4 in the Rams' batting order, who is coming back next year.
Many freshmen Rams played well to assure their graduating teammates that there was no need to worry about next season in the last game of the year.
Travis Murray, a freshman closing pitcher, held Mis-sion to one hit for four innings.
"We battled the en-tire game; that helped us to get us going off next year," Murray said.
There were some troublesome fly balls to center from Mission, but another Rams freshman outfielder Robbie Horton ran hard and caught them.
"It was a good fast ball, really cutting, hitting my spots. I really felt good since I was coming back from (an) arm injury," said Horton, who also drove in one run that started the Rams' toward victory.
Although the Rams played well after the fifth inning, they made some running mistakes, being picked off and missing stolen bases in the beginning of the game. If they hadn't been caught stealing so many times, they would have beaten Mission easily.
Rams' batting line-up is like the Giants' line-up; however, the Rams don't have a player like the reliably powerful batter, Bar-ry Bonds.
The Rams need to im-prove on overall stamina and strength to fight the entire season consistently.
The Rams started in good shape, but they stalled in the middle of the season and finished in last place.
"We get a good nucleus if our guys come back next year. We need to hit the weight room and bulk up a little bit and get stronger physically next year," said John Vanoncini, Rams' head coach.
The Rams didn't finish the 2002 season with good results, but compared to their precious time spent together, winning or losing might be insignificant.
Brandon Evans, a sophomore player, said, "I definitely had fun and I'm sure the rest of the team did too. It was an very interesting experience."
"Altogether, it was all good," Callegari added.