My last few articles have been about athletes at Pleasant Grove High School. Before I move on to covering some of the other High School's in the greater Sacramento area I thought I'd write one more article about a basketball player that's been flying under the radar, but has lit up the AAU circuit this season. The athlete's name is Glenn Akerland, a 6'6" 205 pound center. Glenn's been playing AAU for Team 94 this year.
Glenn goes up for 2 against Elk Grove High's Ryan Pearson.
Akerland's High School Basketball Coach, John Deponte, had this to say about him:
"Glenn Akerland is a very talented basketball player. He is one of the most consistent shooters that I have seen at the high school level and at 6' 6" he can get his shot off over most of the competition. Glenn also has a solid low post game and mid range game to add to his arsenal. Glenn is not afraid to have the ball in his hands when the game is on the line and has made many clutch shots for us this Summer 2008. He has good mobility for a big man and will continue to get quicker and stronger as he progresses through his senior year and his college years. Glenn is flying under the radar and will be a diamond in the rough to which ever college he selects to play for. "
The following is what Phil Handy, Founder/Skills Specialist, of 94 FEET OF GAME™ had to say about Glenn.
Very solid and improving 4 man who can step and shoot the 3 with great consistency. Has really worked on his game and body and continues to show steady improvement. Runs the floor very well and works hard on both ends of the floor. … uses his body well and is a decent rebounder. Needs to continue to get stronger physically and mentally. With more intensity and toughness Glenn Akerland will be a very good DIV 1 prospect."
Glenn's short list of colleges he is interested in playing ball for include: Bradley Braves, Colorado Buffaloes, Connecticut Huskies, Creighton, Denver Pioneers, Fordham Rams, Idaho Vandals, Pepperdine, Seattle Pacific University, and Colgate. A host of D1 schools are interested in Glenn and Nathan Davis, Colgate University, has been the latest coach to directly contact him.
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So let's jump straight into the interview I had with Glenn.
Which school's are calling you and/or visited your high school?
I get feedback from my coaches, Coach DePonte and Coach Handy, that colleges have been contacting them and asking about me and I know a couple of coaches from the Sacramento area have seen me play and have come to watch locally. I've had coaches from Seattle-Pacific University, Navy, Dartmouth, UC Davis, and Columbia University watch while I was playing for my club team, Team 94.
Any Scholarship offers?
Currently, no scholarship offers.
Any visits scheduled (official or unofficial) to colleges?
I am planning an unofficial visit at college here in the Sacramento area. I have done an unofficial visit at UOP, toured the campus, and practiced with their team. I recently participated in a Camp at the University of Portland, toured the campus, met with the coaches and scrimmaged with their team also.
Which Schools are your favorites? Why? Have you narrowed your choices?
So far the schools I like most have been University of Portland and UOP. I have visited both campuses, and I liked what I saw. I loved the size and the college atmosphere. Their players seemed pleased with their schools program and they all were there having fun and eager to work hard. I have not been able to see any other schools, so for now it was easy to pick out which ones grabbed my attention. I hope to be able to visit more campuses soon.
Do you prefer being close to home?
It would be nice to be close to home, but I want to experience other parts of the country, I wouldn't mind being away from the area. I have played in some summer tournaments on the East Coast and enjoyed being there. I could see myself playing on the East Coast as well.
GPA and SAT scores
My GPA is a 3.0 and I recently took the SAT. I won't have my score for several more weeks.
What are you looking for in a college?
I'm looking for a college that has majors in marketing or Communications. I don't want a real small campus. I want to experience college the best way I can.
You are entering your senior year – what are your plans for the coming season?
Lately I have been working hard on the weights and working on my ball handling, staying strong around the basket, and hitting my open shots. I used to rely on a quick kick out to get a set jump shot, but I have been working on creating my own shots. Taking dribbles in, cutting of passes, and rolling hard to the rim after setting a screen. I feel like I have a bright season ahead with our new head coach. He really understands the game and I think he'll bring out the best in our program.
The Eagles are in a transition period having graduated Armond Armstead, who's off to USC to play football, and several other seniors. How will you adjust your game, if any, to compensate for this transition?
Armond played our post position, with another senior. The paint has opened up quite a bit. This season our team is guard stacked. I am going to have to get stronger down low. My team is relying on me for rebounds. That is a transition I have already began to make in summer league, and will do my best to improve and carry into this years season.
My new high school coach is working us hard at practice. I'm looking forward to playing for him this season. Between my high school coach, DePonte and my AAU coach, Coach Handy, I feel I'm very lucky to be with two coaches who will help me continue to improve.
How's your summer going? .. tell us a little about your AAU team.
I play for TEAM 94 Coached by Phil Handy (team94hoops.com). He is one of the founders of the Sac vs. Bay showcase and is well known and respected in Bay Area basketball. He has been by far one of the most supportive knowledgeable coaches I have ever had. He has brought out the best in my game and runs a tough practice. Upcoming, I have a tournament in West Virginia mid-July and Las Vegas for the Adidas Super 64 towards the end of July. I have been contacted by numerous colleges via email asking for my July schedule and saying they will be there to see my games. I had an outstanding tournament a few weeks ago in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, finishing the tournament as one of the leading scorers of our team. I love playing for Coach Handy and I am looking forward to my upcoming tournaments.
What does "For the Love of the Game "mean to you? (Many athlete's say they play for the love of the game and then they explain why they love it – i.e. hang out with their friends .. the competition .. etc .. etc ...)
There is no better feeling then running into the gym with the stands jam packed full of friends and family all eager for a victory. Getting them what they want with the help of your closest friends on the court is something you have to love. Basketball is a big commitment and improving on your game is its biggest reward. During the season, Friday nights at 7:30 can't come soon enough. I am very dedicated to basketball and focus on it year round. Hopefully my love for the game will pay off, and I can continue to do what I love after high school.