March 16, 2011

Iowa interested in JUCO guard

Coach Fran McCaffery and his staff are leaving no stone unturned on the recruiting trail this spring as they look to add two prospects in the 2011 spring signing period. One of the spots that they have visited in Sheridan, Wyoming to check out combo guard Matt Glover, who would have three more years to play at the Division One level.

"Iowa has been out to see him during our recent tournament," said Sheridan Community College Head Coach Steve Smiley. "I don't know if they are going to offer him or not, but they are recruiting him and seem interested."

Smiley said that he has been playing phone tag in the last 24 hours with Iowa assistant coach Andrew Francis, so the Hawkeyes seem to be gaining more interest.

Iowa isn't alone in the pursuit of the 6-foot-4 guard who is originally from Tustin, CA. Coach Smiley says that after Glover was cleared by the NCAA and able to qualify to play the next three years at the DI level, many high major schools have been checking in on his talented freshman.

"His recruitment really picked up once he was cleared about three or four weeks ago," he said. "A lot of schools knew about him and were following him because he is a kid who could come in and play three years."

The schools now showing interest besides Iowa include: Rutgers, Nebraska, South Carolina, Kansas State, Utah State, Idaho, Long Beach State, and Hawaii.

Glover has a visit tentatively set up to Utah State next week, pending their performance in the NCAA Tournament this week.

This season, Glover averaged 12 points, five rebounds, and four assists per game for Sheridan Community College. Coach Smiley says that Glover's versatility on the floor is a big selling point for his talented guard.

"He is a combo type guard that can play the one, two, or three because of his size," Smiley said. "He is about 6-4 and 200 pounds, so he is a big strong kid and very athletic. A lot of teams see him in different positions. Some see him as a one, some as a two, and others see him as a guy who can do a little bit of everything."

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