Iowa Eying JUCO Guard

Fran McCaffery continues to cover every corner of the country looking for help for his Iowa basketball program. The search even reaches in to Wyoming, where the Hawkeyes are looking to get a visit from talented combo guard Matt Glover.

With the April 13 signing period rapidly approaching, Matt Glover still is looking at a lot of possibilities. The freshman guard from Sheridan (WY) College, a JUCO, is taking it week to week.

"I've been trying to narrow it down a little bit, but it's still unclear," Glover said. "I don't have a favorite at this point. Some new schools are still calling. It's pretty cloudy."

The 6-foot-4, 190-pound Glover used his first official visit on Utah State last week. He has scheduled a visit to Nebraska next weekend.

The combo guard from Orange, CA also is hearing from Iowa and South Carolina. Visits to those schools could happen after the Nebraska trip.

"I'm pretty close to setting something up with Iowa," Glover said. "They really want me to come out there and see it."

The Hawkeyes have not offered a scholarship to Glover.

"I think they're close," he said. "They just want me to set up a visit first."

Glover averaged 11.8 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.8 assists for Sheridan last season.

"I'm a combo guard," he said. "I'm big enough to get in there for rebounds and then take the ball down myself, eliminating the outlet pass. I can grag the board and push it on the break."

Glover said that he liked his visit to Utah State but he wants to see what else is out there.

"I really have nothing to compare it to," he said. "They had nice facilities and it seems like they'll be pretty good. I'm just kind of feeling like I might want to play at the high major level.

"A lot of the mid majors are telling me I can come in and play right away; not necessarily start, but contribute quite a bit. They're saying that without having seen me on that team. I feel like I'll have to bust my ass and get pushed to get better at the high major level. I want to be the best I can be."

Glover reports that Texas Christian, Pepperdine, San Francisco, Wichita State, Idaho, Hawaii and Long Beach State are inquiring about his services. He's not sure if he'll open things up that much with his recruitment.

"The Nebraska visit will determine whether or not I take other visits," Glover said. "It's not that Nebraska is the leader, it's just that I'll have something to compare to Utah State. Then, I might want another visit to compare to Nebraska and Utah State.

"I just don't want to set up visits now and then cancel them. I'll look at Nebraska and then go from there."

Glover likes what he sees from the Cornhuskers to this point.

"They're a good program," he said. "They've knocked off some good teams the last couple of years. It's not a great program, but it's a good one."

The Hawkeyes also impresses Glover.

"They're in the same conference (as Nebraska), and it's competitive. You have to bring it every night," he said. "They're pretty young, but they had some big wins last year. You could see the flashes of them becoming a good team.

"Their style isn't necessarily run and gun, but they get out on the break. I like that. I really like their coaching staff. I'm on the verge of setting up a visit there."

Glover was a late qualifier coming out of Tustin High School. He didn't make the grade until August. Cal-State Bakersfield and Sacramento State were the only schools looking at him.

"Nothing against those schools, I just didn't want to get pigeon-holed into just a few options," he said. "I ended up (at Sheridan) because I wanted to see what would be out there after a year."

Glover will have four years to play three at the DI level and will be eligible for the 2011-12 season.


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