Dean Oliver (basketball)
|League||Big Ten Conference|
November 5, 1978 |
|Listed height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Listed weight||180 lb (82 kg)|
|High school||Mason City (Mason City, Iowa)|
|NBA draft||2001 / Undrafted|
|2001–2002||Golden State Warriors|
|2004||Cedar Rapids River Raiders|
|2011–2014||North Dakota (asst.)|
|2014–2017||Illinois State (asst.)|
|Career highlights and awards|
Dean Daniel Oliver (born November 5, 1978) is an American former professional basketball player and current assistant coach for the University of Wisconsin men's basketball team. An undrafted 5'11" (1.80 m) guard from the University of Iowa, Oliver played with the Golden State Warriors from 2001-02 to 2002-03.
Early life and college
Born in Quincy, Illinois, Oliver graduated from Mason City High School in Mason City, Iowa in 1997 as a member of the National Honor Society with a 3.9 GPA. At the University of Iowa, Oliver played in the Hawkeyes basketball team all four years and graduated in 2001 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in finance. In his senior season, Oliver averaged 14.9 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 4.8 assists per game. Oliver was a three-time third-team All-Big Ten Conference selection (1999 to 2001) and led the conference in assist/turnover ratio in his senior season.
In March 1996 and 1997 Oliver and his fellow players lead his team, the Mason City Mohawks, to two state tournament wins. Head coach at the time was Robert Horner, father of player and former Hawkeye, Jeff Horner. Oliver was not drafted in the 2001 NBA Draft but played two seasons with the Golden State Warriors, who waived Oliver on December 5, 2002. With the Warriors, Oliver played a mostly backup role in 35 games, averaging 1.8 points, 0.7 rebounds, and 1.3 assists per game.
On February 3, 2003, he signed with the Greenville Groove of the NBA Development League (D-League). The Groove waived Oliver on February 23, and Oliver signed with the D-League team Asheville Altitude two days later. In October 2003, Oliver signed with the expansion team of the USBL, Cedar Rapids River Raiders, in his home state of Iowa; the River Raiders would begin play in the spring of 2004. He then signed with the Dakota Wizards of the CBA in February 2004. The Wizards won the 2004 CBA title, and Oliver was a backup for the Wizards.
Oliver began playing in European leagues in 2004.
In 2011, he became the head of basketball operations at North Dakota. In 2014, he became an assistant basketball coach at Illinois State.  On April 20, 2017, Oliver was named an assistant at Wisconsin under coach Greg Gard.
- "Dean Oliver bio". NBA. Retrieved April 7, 2012.
- "Dean Oliver". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved April 7, 2012.
- 2002-03 Transactions
- "Cedar Rapids pro team signs ex-Hawkeye Oliver". AP. Retrieved April 7, 2012.
- Oliver to Suit up for River Raiders Coach in Dakota
- Suhr, Jamie (May 9, 2004). "Oliver hopes road back to NBA begins in Cedar Rapids". Mason City Globe Gazette. Retrieved April 7, 2012.
- "Former Iowa guard Dean Oliver joins Wisconsin basketball staff". Cedar Rapids Gazette. April 20, 2017. Retrieved April 22, 2017.