Shining Star: LC's Dean Richey

Published On: Dec 11 2012 12:06:29 AM PST   Updated On: Dec 11 2012 12:08:40 AM PST
Lewis & Clark's Dean Richey
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Watching Dean Richey on the court, you'd think most things come easily to the 6'4 senior, but that's hardly been the case for the Lewis & Clark stand-out.

"He had a tough go the first couple of years here at LC and then when he would leave the doors here at LC, it was probably even harder for him then," says Tigers head coach Jeff Norton.

Adversity is something Dean knows too well, growing up in a rough home environment, relying on basketball, at times, to stay out of trouble.

"Basketball kept me off the streets," says Richey.  "It kept me from hanging out with the wrong crowd back in my old neighborhood.  It kept me out of a lot of bad situations."

"One of the things that I love about Dean is that he's not a finger pointer," says Norton.  "It's his life and he's owned it and he's learned from it and grown from it.  He doesn't make excuses and he doesn't blame anybod."

His first couple of years, it didn't even look like Dean would graduate from high school.  Now he's looking at four year colleges, thanks to the open arms of the LC community.

"I don't have a lot of family in Spokane and the family I do have, I'm not particularly close with, but LC has been exactly like a family to me."

And that generosity is something Dean hopes to return. 

"I just have so much gratitude that what I want to do is go back and help kids like me who are looking at their friends and other things, instead of school and basketball.  I just want to give back, somehow, one way or another."