Physically B.J. Gladden definitely doesn't look the part of a high school sophomore but he is. At 6'5 200 pounds Gladden is one of the most promising 2013 shooting guard prospects in the southeast right now. The Queens Grant High School (NC) standout has been doing it big on the AAU circuit and college coaches are taking note of it. We caught up with Gladden recently to talk about a number of topics, including some early scholarship offers that he already holds.
Every baller dreams of making it big in some way or another. Young B.J. Gladden is seeing many of his dreams come true at an early age. The 2013 prospect recently saw his name in "SLAM" magazine as a prospect to watch for. Coming up you had to have serious credentials to land in "SLAM" and Gladden has done it already. He's looking for more than that though after a strong sophomore season last year.
"I averaged 17 points, 11 points, and 4 assists last season."
The physical nature with which Gladden attacks the bucket has drawn him plenty of attention early on. Match up his power game with a solid stroke on the perimeter, and two more years of high school to go and colleges have already started extending Gladden offers.
While those programs have already offered Gladden there's a long line of suitors who are also heavily in the mix he says.
"I'm hearing from Xavier, South Florida, Central Florida, Clemson, South Carolina, Virginia Tech, Akron, Charlotte, UNC-Greensboro, Winthrop, ECU, Butler, North Carolina State, and Wake Forest. Out of everybody I'd say Xavier and Charlotte are recruiting me the hardest."
So far Gladden says he has visited with Charlotte and South Carolina and enjoyed both schools.
Gladden knows what his bread and butter is on the court and he talked at length about his game with us.
"My ability driving to the basket strong and finishing thru contact are my biggest strengths. My game resembles Dezmine Wells because I'm a powerful guard."
"Right now I am very strong and can explode on anyone. I'm a decent shooter and good ball handler."
The 2013 standout says during his talks with college coaches they want to see him improve his conditioning and defense so those are some areas that he's been working strenuously on this off season to strengthen his all-around game.
Already getting recognition from the likes of Scout.com and "SLAM" magazine only helps motivate Gladden even more moving forward.
"I am always in the gym. Day in and day out. I work hard and I'm determined to be the best."
His body of work has been on display like we said with his AAU squad, South Carolina Raptors Elite. Gladden talked about his team and how things have come together for them.
"My AAU season is going great. I love playing with them and we've been putting ourselves on the map since I joined them. We are an elite team."
Looking ahead to next season Gladden says he'll continue to work on improving his jump shot and his conditioning to be in "tip top shape." There's also a few more programs who Gladden says he'd like to hear a lot more from in the near future hopefully.
Scout.com will continue to bring you updates with B.J. Gladden and other top hoops prospects so be sure to check back daily for more of the best coverage when it comes to America's best.
A CLOSER LOOK...B.J. GLADDEN
Favorite food: pizza
Favorite subject in school: math
Favorite movie: Juice
Favorite music artist: J.Cole
Favorite thing to do when not playing basketball: talk to girls
Dream school: Ohio State
Dream date would be with: Ashanti
Favorite basketball player: LeBron James