Don’t get me wrong, I won’t turn down a guy who wants to play Penn State basketball. I mean, I could do without a roster of Billy Olivers but all things considered a kid that wants to lace it up and practice in the IM building is welcome to give it a go. That being said, when we found out earlier this week that Matt Glover, a Junior College guard out of Sheridan (Wyo.) was headed to Happy Valley, it was pretty surprising.
Why? Well for the past few weeks Penn State has seen things go their way. After picking up Dayton transfer guard Juwan Staten, Staten took it upon himself to go out and recruit Markcus Crider, a Providence decommit that already had Penn State in his top 3. LaDontae Henton who decommitted from Dayton also had Penn State in the mix with offers from everywhere including Ohio State, Maryland, and MSU. After picking up a solid transfer, Penn State was in the running with two solid 3 star recruits who were actually interested in playing for Penn State. Assuming that Staten is half the headcase some people claim him to be, picking up Crider would have been a step towards making Staten happy while he waits a year to play due to NCAA transfer rules. Then again, nobody knows if we’re trying to keep him happy, or his dad happy. But I digress.
Despite all of this, out of the jumble of recruits comes Matt Glover, a Junior College transfer who’s only real claim to fame was being ranked in the 40s of the Top 100 Junior College players. Certainly Penn State has had success with guys coming out of Junior College, Stanley PringleJr is possibly one of the best players Penn State has had in the past 10 years came out of nowhere, but nothing on the outset makes you think Glover’s career will go the way of Pringle’s.
The Glover recruitment could mean one of two things. Considering assistant coach Dan Earl went the the whole way across the country to watch this kid play that means DeChellis didn’t think he could land Henton or Crider, didn’t ever want them, or thinks that there is something special in the western water. There is something to be said for picking up a guy with a year of playing under his belt, with four incoming freshman that isn’t a bad strategy, but no matter how you spin it, Glover was the last guy anybody expected to fill the final scholarship.
In the end Glover’s play will determine how good of a move this is. Plenty of guys flame out in college so there isn’t anything saying Crider or Henton would have been steals, it’s just not everyday you see Penn State turn down recruits. Glover isn’t a bad recruit, it’s just a little odd.