Michael Glover's unconventional path 

December, 22, 2010
Recruiting is the life blood of any college basketball program, pure and simple. But what is not so pure and simple are the avenues by which programs go about landing their talent. While we tend to focus almost entirely on the high school ranks, college programs (especially mid-major programs) must widen their search in order to land the best available talent and will consequently investigate transfers, junior college graduates and international talent. Oftentimes, recruits that come from these less typical talent pools tend to fly under the radar, but are no less important to a program's success.

Iona College's Michael Glover is a prime example. When the former Seton Hall commit made a verbal commitment to the Gaels this summer it was hardly national news and yet you would be hard pressed to find another first-year player anywhere in the country who means more to his team than Glover does to Iona.

The 6-foot-7 forward just earned MAAC Player of the Week honors for the third consecutive week after dropping 25 points and grabbing 16 rebounds on Syracuse (and absolutely man-handled highly touted freshmen Fab Melo in the process).