April 5, 2011

Glover looking at Iowa visit?

A year ago at this time, Matt Glover didn't know exactly what the next step would be. Still working on becoming a full qualifier, college basketball coaches weren't pounding down his door with offers. Fast forward to one year later and the 6-foot-4 guard has several high major college programs knocking on his door, including Iowa.

"A lot more schools are showing interest now and it's really surprising to me. I'm just trying to deal with it as best as I can and talking to my coach here to weigh all my options," Glover said.

The difference in one year is due to the fact that the Tustin, CA native finished up the core course work necessary to qualify at the Division One level and he had an outstanding freshman season at Sheridan Community College in Wyoming, averaging 12 points, five rebounds, and four assists per game.

"I talked to a few schools after I qualified, but I felt like if I went to junior college and played well that I would have more options and that has worked out."

Glover says he is a bigger guard who likes physical play and can also rebound and push the basketball in transition. Those are skills that many college coaches are looking to add to their roster this spring. Add in the fact that Glover would have three years remaining at the collegiate level and coaches tend to get more intrigued.

He made his first official visit last weekend to Utah State and this weekend he will be headed to Nebraska for his second official visit. Beyond that, he is uncertain about more trips.

"I'm going to Nebraska this weekend and after I get back, I want to sit down with my coach and we are going to decide what the next step will be. I will have visited a mid-major program and a high major program and I might want to make another visit to a school at one of those levels just to compare it to my first visit," he said Monday evening.

In addition to Utah State and Nebraska, Glover is hearing from Iowa, San Francisco, South Carolina, Pepperdine, West Virginia, Wichita State, Idaho, Hawaii, Long Beach State, and TCU.

Iowa assistant coach Andrew Francis has been leading the Hawkeyes recruiting efforts with Glover. While the Hawkeyes haven't officially extended a scholarship offer, he is intrigued by what Iowa has said.

"Coach Francis has been recruiting me," Glover said. "He's a great guy to talk to and I really like what I have heard about the Iowa program. We haven't set up a visit yet, but if I visit another high major program they are probably on the top of my list."

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