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After a moment of clarity this summer, Grandy Glaze excited to be a Rebel

Rivals.com’s No. 83 prospect in 2011 class excited for potential growth in Las Vegas

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Grandy Glaze

Committing to UNLV was something Grandy Glaze just got around to this week.

In truth, he had a feeling a few months ago that playing his college ball in Las Vegas was highly likely.

Glaze, a 6-foot-6, 235-pound power forward from Toronto, took part in UNLV's annual elite camp last summer and can recall one play in particular.

During a scrimmage, when an opposing player launched an outside shot, instead of attacking the glass, Glaze raced down the floor the other way in order to set himself up for a potential outlet pass followed by a vicious slam.

Instead, he left his teammate in the post out to dry, as the opposition crashed the glass hard and scored on an easy put-back.

Typically, no matter what any of the players do, getting scolded by a coach at an elite camp is almost never expected.

UNLV assistant Greg Grensing, who works with the Rebels' big men, isn't just any coach, apparently.

"He grilled me about it," Glaze said, recalling it with a chuckle. "I think that's something no player in the country can say they've experienced at an elite camp.

"Right there, I realized that coach Grensing wants the best from me. He'll push me, and that's what I need."

It's wild to imagine what an even bigger push from his coaches could do for Glaze, who as a junior this season at Proctor Academy in New Hampshire averaged roughly 20 points and 13 rebounds per game.

Ranked as the No. 83 prospect in the 2011 class by Rivals.com and the No. 14 power forward in the lot, the UNLV coaches loved what they saw of Glaze not only in his two appearances at Rebels elite camps, but also when he was playing in a summer prep tournament in July with Team Takeover Canada.

What got Grensing so heated at that moment at the elite camp was probably the fact that not going after boards is so uncharacteristic for Glaze, who many say is naturally aggressive in that department.

At 6-foot-6, he plays a bullish style of ball, with a wide, strong frame and big hands. He'll only continue to develop next season as a senior, when he'll be playing at Notre Dame Prep in Fitchburg, Mass. It's the same program which once had current NBA standout Michael Beasley on its roster.

"They play four out (of the paint), one in," Glaze said when asked what he likes about UNLV's system. "For two years, I've averaged 20-plus points, and I'd say 60 percent of them come off of fast breaks, with either me handling it and finishing or catching it and finishing. UNLV loves to run, and that's where I excel the most."

Glaze, who said he specializes in playing in both the high post and on the wing, also had scholarship offers on the table from Minnesota, West Virginia, South Florida, St. Joseph's and Xavier.

But playing the waiting game wasn't an attractive option.

"This is exactly what I wanted," he said of the early commitment. "I felt it would be best for me to commit now. Then, when the summer time rolls around and senior year rolls around, I can just focus on what I need to improve on."

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Cory Joseph

Of course, when many UNLV fans hear that Glaze is from Toronto, the question pops up rather quickly: Is he close with Cory Joseph?

Joseph, the Findlay Prep super-guard who Rivals ranks as the No. 7 player in the 2010 class, is one of the nation's most coveted unsigned senior talents remaining. His firm list of five finalists includes — in no particular order — UNLV, Minnesota, Texas, Villanova and UConn.

Glaze said he doesn't know Joseph personally, but played with him in a Canadian camp roughly four years ago and could tell, both back then and by watching Joseph now on national TV with the Pilots, that he's something special.

"We played with each other a couple of times," Glaze said. "He's excellent. He's a great point guard, sees the floor, can really shoot it. I think he's a pro in a few years."

But whether Lon Kruger and his staff land Cory Joseph, Westchester (Calif.) High's Dwayne Polee or any of their other 2010 targets is not quite as big a concern as filling out the 2011 class, which still has at least three spots remaining. The Rebels will return almost their entire roster from the current NCAA tournament-bound team next season and will add 6-foot-11 redshirting freshman Carlos Lopez and 6-foot-7 Kansas transfer Quintrell Thomas into the mix.

UNLV will have four scholarships to fill in the 2011 class, spots that currently are occupied by Tre'Von Willis, Derrick Jasper, Matt Shaw and Kendall Wallace.

And as far as completing the 2011 class goes, Glaze committing makes for quite the starting point.

"I'm a good teammate, I love basketball and love teams," he said. "If you're on my team, you're my boy. If you're not on my team, you're my worst enemy. I'm gonna come in there and I'm just gonna make the best out of it. I just want to win championships."

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  1. Love this kid's attitude! He sounds like a winner and a great get for the Rebels! Can't wait to see him play for us in 2011. Finally we'll have someone who can put SDSU's Leonard on his backside!

  2. "UNLV loves to run"

    I think UNLV WOULD love to run. I'd love to see us get more finishers like him (hopefully) and Dwayne Polee to whom we can push the ball on fast breaks.

  3. yeah..... did i miss something this season? we love to run?

  4. Good to have you as a Rebel, Grandy! I really like this signing. Congrats to Kruger's staff for bringing in this level of talent.

  5. Ummm UNLV plays fast paced basketball which guess what? It involves running, watch a few more games and then come talk.

  6. He is just a junior too. He'll probably grow an inch more or two and define his skills as much as high school will let him. Taking criticism in a positive fashion is key in furthering ones collegiate career and he seem open to it as anyone.

  7. The only things I found on Youtube on this kid were from 08. And if my math is correct that means his freshman year.....and he was a THICK kid then! Wow, built like a tank! And yes, they like to run. Watch a game. How many fast break points did we average a game? We aren't scorching the floor, but we definitely push the pace. Which is why every coach says their goal is to dictate and/or slow the pace against us. Most of the "running" is initiated by our defense. Get a clue.

  8. Our boy A.M is on the main page of espn.com, pretty cool to see him get some recognition.

  9. If he is able to make plays above the rim, he will be great. I can't stand Santee and Massamba finishing with lay-ups or unable to get up and block a shot.

  10. Nice pick up for UNLV and I think I'm going to make my judgement after he plays a few games for UNLV rather than comparing him to someone else. He still has time to grow and his only a junior so I'm pretty sure he'll get better and bigger which is always good.

  11. ESPN Evaluation

    November, 2009: Glaze is an undersized power forward who plays the game with unrivaled intensity and toughness. He isn't especially skilled, or explosively athletic, but is strong as an ox and absolutely relentless attacking the defense and rebounding the ball. Glaze won't break anyone down with his handle but he still gets to the rim because of the sheer force with which he attacks. He's Barkley-esque driving the ball to the rim as if he's running down hill with defenders bouncing off him. Every shot around the rim is preceded by a shot fake and he follows his own misses relentlessly. Glaze is a terrific rebounder who plays much bigger than he is on the glass and is also a hard working defender. While he needs to improve his overall ball skills, especially his shooting mechanics, his biggest value will always be in his hard working and competitive nature.

    December, 2008: Glaze does not have explosive athleticism or leaping ability, but he has a very mature game that allows him to excel on the offensive end. Despite not possessing ideal height and length for the interior, he does a great job of scoring around the hoop and using angles to compensate for his lack of great explosion when he encounters bigger and longer shot-blockers. He adequately attacks defenders off the dribble and utilizes fakes to get shots off. Glaze would benefit from adding counter moves to negate his lack of height in the post. He also needs to continue to improve his perimeter shooting. Glaze plays both ends of the court with good intensity. Despite his only average quickness, he moves his feet very well and hedges effectively on screens. Glaze also communicates very well on the defensive end. Glaze also does a more than adequate job of pursing the ball when it comes off the glass on both ends of the court.

    December, 2007: Grandy Glaze is an impressive young player with a lot of potential. He already has the body of a high school senior and his game is very mature as well. He is strong in the post, has multiple post moves and is very good at finishing around the basket. Glaze does a good job carving space to rebound and goes aggressively after balls with two hand. The biggest area for his improvement will be with his stamina, strength and athleticism. He needs to work on improving in all three of these areas fro him to become an elite player in his class nationally.

  12. Is that his mug shot?

  13. Glaze is young with good basketball skill and time will tell how he will do as a R ebel

  14. I hope this kid has a growth spurt in his senior season, then we'd have a monster on our hands. Sounds like a great recruit for Kruger in any case. Nice job!