Available PG Keeps Winning

Derek Glasser, a 6-foot-1 senior point guard out of Lakewood (Calif.) Artesia, is on the verge of completing a very accomplished high school career. Scout.com brings you the latest in Glasser's recruiting.

Tom Tolbert, the O'Bannon Brothers and Jason Kapono were studs at Artesia High School. With that said, none of them could pass the basketball with the proficiency of senior point guard Derek Glasser.

The 6-foot-1 Glasser recently became the first player in Artesia history to score 1,000 points and dole out 500 assists. Last weekend, Artesia took out Santa Margarita as Glasser scored 10 points and dropped 6 dimes. Winning is almost second nature to the unsigned point guard.

"I've always won no matter where we've gone," Glasser said. "My high school record is something like 99-15. I'm a point guard. You don't find many point guards out there. A lot of guys I've played against in camps want to get theirs.

"For me, it's always been about winning and making everybody else around me look better. I showed that I can score because whenever we need buckets I can go out and get them."

Glasser, the owner of both a big time GPA and standardized score, nearly signed early with an Atlantic 10 program.

"I didn't sign early because if I had signed early it was going to be with Richmond. I took an official visit out there and it didn't feel right for me. I loved the coaching staff but it didn't fit me. If was going to sign early, that's who it was going to be with."

Now, Glasser has a variety of programs giving chase including Southern Cal, San Diego State and Miami plus a host of regional mid-majors. "Every day coach is getting new calls," Glasser said. "This week Tulsa and Kent State want to get in. Every week more schools are starting to get interested."

Glasser said post-season official visits are in order. "I probably am going to visit San Diego State and USC when the season is over but I don't know. I know that I'll visit USC when the season is over."

The Trojans have kept in constant contact and are recruiting some of his younger teammates. However, they've yet to offer a scholarship.

"It's a weird situation," Glasser said. "They've got one scholarship and it's down to me and the big kid from Stoneridge Prep. They have two kids that have one-year scholarships but they won't let me know about their scholarships until after the season is over. They haven't officially offered me a scholarship."

Still, Glasser is waiting to hear the final word from the Trojans. "I would say it's between Southern Cal and San Diego State, Irvine and Montana; I like those schools because they're local. Cal wanted me to either walk-on or red shirt my freshman year and they've give me a scholarship the rest of my years."

The guard understands that he's about to face the kind of decision that many spring signees encounter: sign with a high-major and wait or pick a mid-major and play sooner.

"No matter where I go I'm going to have to take my work ethic to another level to be able to play. Even in the Big West guys are better than they are in high school. Obviously the talent level is different between the two but what keeps me in the hunt with the bigger schools is that I'm smart; I've got my basketball IQ."

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