Productive, versatile and unbelievable self-motivation are important characteristics of Matt Glover’s career with the San Francisco Dons. He led the team in assists in 2013-14 and again this past season. Glover was the starting point guard for the 2014-2015 campaign for 16 games then returned to play in his more natural small forward position passing the point guard reins to freshman Devin Watson. Matt came in off the bench in many critical game moments adding defensive muscle and toughness to the mix.
Glover averaged 5.6 rebounds and 6.9 points in his career at USF. His most impressive on the court accomplishments were finishing the year leading the team in steals (40), assists (198) and was second only to Kruize Pinkins in total rebounds with 175. Had he grabbed a couple more rebounds, he would have been the first player to have led in all three categories (steals, assists and rebounds) in a single season. Matt was ranked 9th in the WCC for steals per game for the 2014-15 season. In addition to his stats, Glover will be best remembered for the “intangibles” he brought to the team that did not go unnoticed by the LSU coaching staff in the first round 2014 NIT game between USF and the Tigers.
Prior to his 2012 arrival in San Francisco, Glover played at Penn State during the 2011-2012 season averaging 2.8 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.3 assists. He played against NCAA tournament level teams Kentucky and Purdue while a member of the Penn State team.
It was during his time at Penn State that he was diagnosed with narcolepsy which explained why he would fall asleep in classes and not because the class was “super boring.” Glover also found himself falling asleep during team meetings or watching film too.
More from West Coast Convo
- Get Conference News, in the New FanSided Android App
- West Coast Convo Madness: Win $500 or an Apple TV from RetailMeNot and LockerDome
- FanSided Madness: Win $500 or an Apple TV from RetailMeNot and LockerDome
- Get Instant Conference News, in the New Sports Illustrated App
- Make sure a Conference fan is crowned Fan of the Year
He never viewed this condition or himself as disabled or used it as a crutch. On the contrary, Coach Rex Walters said that Matt was “fully engaged while on the basketball court” and he “used it to drive him” to work harder, to do whatever team needed and to be a go-to guy on the court in tight circumstances.
Though Glover had to sit out the 2012-2013 season under the NCAA transfer rules, he did not remain idle on the sidelines, having the opportunity to watch and learn from his teammates and the coaching staff.
Matt started his college career at Sheridan Community College in Wyoming fresh out of Tustin, California high school where he was an All Orange County and first team All League selection. The Wyoming winters did not chill his productivity while at Sheridan, Glover played shooting guard and accumulated 11.8 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.8 assists.
Whatever the future holds for Matt Glover, his love for the game of basketball, work ethic and desire will go with him.