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Joe was the National Promotion Director for Converse Rubber Company who resides in Baton Rouge LA. He was a three-time All-Southeastern Conference player at Louisiana State University and is a member of the LSU Hall of Fame. Joe performed for the U. S. Olympic Team and played on the first American Team to ever tour Russia. He provided color commentary for the SEC TV Game of the Week and his motivational speaking style continues to be revered nationwide.

“Joe Dean and Converse Rubber Company played a major role in the 16 year success story of the B/C All-Star Camps by providing the stars of the basketball world who visited all four camp sites across the nation.” – Bill “Bull” Bolton


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Late Bobby Roberts (2 nd from left), a Converse legend always provided entertainment
to whomever he was around. Converse dominated the footwear industry and was known
as the shoes for the stars for many years. One of the main reasons for Converse’s
success was the promotional representatives who worked with high school,
college and pro teams throughout the world.

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  • Chuck Taylor - Converse’s first clinician. His name appeared on the Converse shoes – Member of Naismith Hall of Fame
  • Joe Dean - Converse, LSU legend and TV commentary – he coined the phrase “String Music”
  • John McClendon - A coaching legend – 3 straight NAIA National Championships, and a world pioneer of the game – studied under Dr. James Naismith, the inventor of basketball.
  • Bob Davies - NBA legend with the Rochester Royals, selected to NBA All-Star Team four times – a ball handling wizard nicknamed “The Harrbury Houdini” -
  • Bailey Howell – Mississippi State and Boston Celtic star, two NBA Championships
  • “Hot Rod” Hundley – West Virginia University and LA Lakers star, a scoring machine
  • Larry Conley – University of Kentucky star - played on the legendary “Rupp’s Runts” that played for the National Championship.
  • Donnis Butcher – Star for NBA Detroit Pistons
  • Bobby Roberts – Head Coach Clemson University – coached Clemson to best record in 63 years
  • Bill “Bull” Bolton – Ole Miss star, Florida State University coach – FSU team played for National Championship and defeated Adolph Rupp in final game of his career
  • Bill Justus – College All-American – University of Tennessee record holder and UT Hall of Fame
  • Kenny DavisGeorgetown College star – one of the most decorated players in Kentucky history – Captain , US Olympic Team

Basketball's four greatest stars:
Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Julius Erving - and the Converse Shoe

“Dr. J” shows off his “Converse Shoes of the Stars”

1984 Olympic Coach Pat Head Summitt of Tennessee visits with B/C All-Stars
Camp Directors Bill Bolton (left), Stan Hardin (center) and Bill Croanuer (right)