Michael Glover starting to get looks

The name Glover carries some weight in New York City basketball circles. Anthony Glover was a McDonald's All-American from Rice High School in Manhattan before embarking on a standout college career as a bullish undersized forward at St. John's. Glover is currently playing professional ball in Iceland.

Next in line is Michael Glover. The wiry 6-foot-6, 195 pound power forward from Monroe Campus High School in the Bronx didn't inherit his older brother's rugged frame, but he does possess a similar toughness and budding skills that suggest that the junior will be an attractive college prospect.

"I think at the next level he'll be a small forward," said Monroe coach Nigel Thompson. "He's been working on his shooting and trying to improve that aspect of his game."

Glover is long and athletic, and while he's not a brawny type, he is wiry strong. Michael is an athlete who explodes to the hoop, runs the floor well, and has good foot speed. He'll work the baselines, and has shown that he can take a couple of dribbles to get by a defender and knock down the 10-12 footer.

His brother Anthony had a knack for scoring it around the hoop and off the drive, and Michael has shown some similar potential. He isn't exceptionally far along offensively, but he has a good deal of upside, and looks like he could potentially develop a nice repertoire of moves from about 12 feet on in.

Glover is good in transition, and is a pretty impressive run and jump athlete. He'll mix it up inside and tip caroms to himself. He has a decent nose for the ball, not outstanding, but uses his length and athleticism on the glass. He needs to continue to spend more time in the weight room, and it looks like his frame will fill out.

Michael scored 21 points on 7-19 shooting (7-11 FT's) in a 61-54 loss to Long Island City in the first round of the PSAL A Division playoffs on Thursday in Queens. He also collected 11 rebounds. Glover plays the "5" for his high school team, but in AAU will get to play more of his natural power forward spot, with his mobility and athleticism.

It's still pretty early in the process for the junior, but he's received interest from a number of programs in the Northeast.

"A lot of Big East schools are interested in him already," said Thompson. "Most of the schools have seen him over the summer. He plays with New Heights and Bingo's (All-Stars) in AAU. He was also at the Eastern Invitational Camp last summer."

Some of the schools who have expressed preliminary interest include Fordham, Connecticut, Depaul, St. Joseph's, St. John's, and Syracuse. "A lot will depend on how he finishes up next season and getting a strong qualifying SAT score," said Thompson.

Thompson said that Glover has made some headway in improving his grades this past semester.

Glover competed at the Las Vegas Big Time Tourney last July with New Heights, coached by Chris Matesic, Nick Blatchford, and Adam Berkowitz. He impressed at the IS8 League in Queens in the fall playing with Bingo's All-Stars, coached by Maxwell "Bingo" Cole, who is also an assistant coach at Wings Academy in the Bronx. He was also a standout at the FIve Star Camp at Fordham University last June.

Michael is not one of the more heralded names coming out of New York City in the class of 2006, but he is a player who should continue to pick up interest this spring and summer.


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