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Flight Sign Veteran Mike Dean

April 11, 2011 - Continental Basketball League (CBL) - Florida Flight News Release

(Orlando, FL) - The Florida Flight proudly announce the addition of veteran guard Mike Dean to their 2011 player roster.

A Middle Tennessee State University alum, Dean has been playing professionally across the globe for the past seven years. From Poland, Germany, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Venezuela, and several minor league circuits in the United States, including the Continental Basketball Association (CBA) and the NBA Developmental League, Dean has made an all-star impact at each stop along the way.

"Mike was a teammate of mine when we both played for the East Kentucky Miners of the CBA in 2007-2008," said Flight Owner and President Mark King. "He's a very hard worker, and will fit perfectly within the culture and chemistry of our basketball program."

Dean led the CBA in scoring with Rio Grande Valley Silverados before being traded to the East Kentucky Miners midway through the 2007-2008 season. Upon his arrival in Pikeville, Kentucky, he was asked to share the scoring burden with NCAA National champion Josh Pace. On March 2, 2008, the Miners broke a 29-year CBA record for most points scored in a game by a team with a 194-115 win over the Atlanta Krunk. Dean led all scorers with 44 points that night.

Dean recently returned from playing in Venezuela after suffering a minor ankle injury. His ankle is again completely healthy, and he will join the Florida Flight for training camp in April.

"I just want to thank God for giving me so many opportunities to play basketball at this level," said Dean. "I'm really looking forward to joining the Florida Flight and helping this team bring a championship to the Avalon Park area of Orlando, Florida this season."

"Bringing in Dean is a big deal for us," said King. "We want to invest in our players, and put them in situations where they can share their talent and prove to other scouts that they are worthy of playing opportunities in the NBA and in various countries around the globe. Adding a player like Mike Dean further establishes our credibility as a professional basketball program."

This season, the Flight will keep a 10-man active roster, as well as an inactive developmental roster for players seeking to improve their game and jump to the next level. Training camp for the Flight starts April 20. The complete roster for the 2011 Florida Flight will be released in the coming weeks.

The CBL season kicks off during the first weekend of May. The season home opener for the Flight is May 13, 2011. Tickets are on sale online at www.flighthoops.com/tickets.

The Florida Flight is a member team of the Continental Basketball League. Its mission is to utilize the platform of professional basketball to invest in the lives of others. For more information, please visit www.flighthoops.com. The 2011 season is sponsored by And 1 Live! Visit www.and1live.com or www.cblhoopsonline.com for more information regarding the league and its sponsors.

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