Tevin Glass signs with Wichita State

05/17/2014 10:21 AM

05/17/2014 10:21 AM

Wichita State’s basketball coaches didn’t waste time pumping up Tevin Glass and telling him things he already knows. They went right to the video and right to his weak spots.

“That didn’t run me off at all,” Glass said. “When they call out my weaknesses, I listen. That’s what really played a big part in my decision.”

Glass, a 6-foot-8, 205-pound forward from Northwest Florida State College, signed a letter of intent with Wichita State on Friday morning to conclude his campus visit. He averaged 12.0 points and 5.8 rebounds at Northwest Florida. He made 55.1 percent of his shots and 68.4 percent of his free throws. As a freshman, he averaged 6.4 points and 4.9 rebounds.

Glass was named All-Panhandle Conference in 2014 and earned a spot on the NJCAA All-Tournament team in 2013. He attended Milton (Ga.) High, where he averaged 15 points and 11 rebounds as a senior for the 2012 Class 5A champions.

“He’s a slasher, an energy guy,” Northwest Florida coach Steve DeMeo said. “He’s just a really really good athlete that affects the game with his positive energy.”

WSU assistant coach Steve Forbes coached Glass as a freshman at Northwest Florida, one of many factors that convinced Glass to sign. He enjoyed Thursday’s season celebration at Koch Arena. A practice session gave him a preview of WSU’s style and demands. WSU coach Gregg Marshall addressed the open job at Missouri and assured Glass he would coach him.

“He was saying it’s home and he loves it here,” Glass said. “I don’t think he’s going to go anywhere.”

Glass said he also considered Murray State and Louisiana Tech. Evaluating WSU and its fan support convinced him the Shockers run a high-major program. He said coaches talked to him about returning to the Final Four and winning a title during his visit.

“They’re saying that a lot,” he said. “That played a big part, a real big part, seeing them on the rise and hot right now.”

Glass said WSU started recruiting him over the past month.

“Their staff did an incredible job,” DeMeo said. “Class act, class program.”

Glass is regarded as a good rebounder and a fast athlete who excels on the break. He scores most of his points around the basket and can make open jump shots.

He wants to improve his ball-handling. He said he can make mid-range jump shots and wants to expand his shooting range beyond the three-point line. He wants to gain about 20 pounds. His stamina must grow. WSU coaches convinced him that they are the group to help. Playing one season for Forbes gave him a head start on that process. Forbes, he said, made him earn playing time.

“He really taught me a lot of lot of things and really matured me as a player,” Glass said. “He put it into my head that I’ve got to work for everything.”

Glass and his parents watched workouts with the Shockers. Charles Glass, his father, envisioned his son getting tougher while he watched a drill where team managers bumped and pushed players with large pads while they tried to score near the basket.

“Not just one guy; you’ve got two guys hitting you,” Charles Glass said. “I can see why Wichita has had that success. They work hard.”

When the family met with strength coach Kerry Rosenboom, he told Tevin he needed to strengthen his legs so he could get low and hold his position for defense and rebounding. Charles Glass smiled and nodded.

“That won me over right there,” he said. “I’ve been saying that for years.”

Glass is WSU’s only signee so far during the spring period, which ends May 21.

WSU signed five players in the fall: Duluth (Ga.) forward Eric Hamilton, center Bush Wamukota of Kilgore (Texas) College, guard Corey Henderson Jr. of Episcopal School of Dallas, forward Zach Brown of Sunrise Christian Academy and forward Rashard Kelly of Hargrave (Va.) Military Academy.

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