Men’s basketball: JUCO transfer Chris Dees looking to make an impact

By Mike Bednarowicz, @MBed10

Junior Chris Dees is looking to provide a boost for the St. Bonaventure Bonnies in his first season with the team.

Dees, from Sylmar, Calif., spent the past two seasons at New Mexico Junior College where he averaged 4.6 points per game and 5.1 rebounds. Dees also led the team in blocked shots.

He decided on Bonaventure because of its reputation, among other things.

“It’s a good program and opportunity to play at a higher level than I came from,” said Dees.  “The rate at which the A10 plays at and the physicality that I’m being introduced to this year will be the biggest difference from playing in junior college.”

Dees, who is 6’8”, 260 lbs., will hope to improve a position of weakness from last season for the Bonnies.

Dees, who will play both power forward and center, said rebounding and being tough down low are some of his biggest strengths.

Head coach Mark Schmidt emphasized how important it is to have a player like Dees on your team.

“He is just a physical guy and we need somebody like Chris that can rebound and can defend his position — bring that physical toughness,” said Schmidt. “And I think he can do that.”

Dees had to work hard in the offseason to prepare for the rigors of playing in the Atlantic 10 this year.

“I worked on pretty much all of my game because it’s a big transition coming up going from junior college to the A-10,” said Dees.

As for expectations for this season, Dees wants the team to grow together.

“Knowing that we accomplished things as a team and that we come together chemistry wise is big,” said Dees.

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