Deante was an exceptional basketball player who played for Portland' Central Catholic High School. He then began his college career at Casper College in Wyoming.
But soon coach Barrett Perry of Portland State University called him up, and he transferred there in 2017. Expressing his deepest sorrow and regrets, Perry in an official statement said,
“We are better for having had Deante in our lives. His smile, passion and energy for life was second to none. He lit up a room and made the people around him better in every way.”
He further continued, “He loved his family, his friends and everyone around him. He had great pride in being a kid from Portland and it showed in how he competed each day. We will never forget him and he will always be with us.”