Gladstone to Walk-on at DePaul

Drew Gladstone from Cardozo High in Bayside, New York has joined the DePaul Blue Demons as a walk-on freshman. While Gladstone had scholarship offers from Divison 1 schools like Towson and Hartford, he chose to come to Chicago to walk-on with the men's basketball team.

Gladstone is a 6'5" 205 lb. forward who averaged 17 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 assists per game this season for Cardozo. Drew was a McDonald's All-American nominee that earned the Big Apple Classic Sportsmanship Award. He also played in the Jordan Classic All-Star game in Madison Square Garden in New York.

A former DePaul point guard played a role in Drew coming to DePaul. Drew's parents Steve and Patricia Gladstone are the adoptive parents of former Blue Demon Rashon Burno. "Drew Gladstone's father adopted Rashon Burno, so he's like a half-brother or a brother to him," said Cardozo High coach Ron Naclerio. "Steve Gladstone had a lot of people he was friendly with at DePaul. They looked at DePaul a lot because of Rashon. They took a liking to the whole school. I think when he was looking for a school that met a lot of the things that Drew wanted, DePaul had it."

The Lincoln Park neighborhood in Chicago was also an attraction for Gladstone. "Drew was a kid who grew up in Greenwich, Connecticut and moved into Bayside, Queens," remarked Naclerio. "He has a lot of city in him. He's a kid who loves the city, the hustle and the bustle, the nuances of it. Chicago has a lot of what Drew loved about New York."

Naclerio talked about what Gladstone brings to the table, "the more you see him, the more you appreciate him. He does all the little things and a lot of the big things. He's an ultimate team player. His goal is to win the game. He's never worried about how many shots he's taking. I think he's going to be a pleasant surprise for them."

"He's working very, very hard this summer," observed Naclerio. "He's working on his body, taking about a thousand jumpers a day, working on his handle, etc."

Gladstone is the type of player that can succeed under a coach like DePaul's Jerry Wainwright. "Jerry Wainwright is a great, great guy," Naclerio opined. "To do what Drew is doing, you need a guy that has the background and understands it. He's seen walk-ons flourish. He knows the value of walk-ons. Drew after a year or so will more than carry his weight."

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