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Glover visit off, says Iowa has a recruit already

[ 4 ] April 20, 2011 |

Junior-college guard Matt Glover appears headed to a Big Ten school to play basketball, but it won’t be for the University of Iowa.

Glover said Iowa assistant coach Andrew Francis told him Wednesday afternoon that he was no longer being recruited by Iowa.

The 6-foot-4 Glover, who is a freshman at Sheridan Junior College in Wyoming, was scheduled to arrive in Iowa City on Thursday for an official visit.

Glover said he was told by Francis that Iowa coach Fran McCaffery had just received a verbal commitment from an undisclosed player and that’s why Glover wasn’t being recruited anymore.

“(Coach McCaffery) was recruiting somebody else and I guess they committed or something like that,” Glover said.

Glover was expected to choose between Iowa and Nebraska, but now he is making plans to visit Penn State.

“It’s unfortunate, but I understand,” Glover said. “But I’ll probably see you in the Big Ten.”

As for the player that supposedly committed to Iowa, junior-college forward Anthony Hubbard told Hawkeye Report.com that it wasn’t him.

The 6-5 Hubbard will announce his decision on Saturday and is expected to choose between Iowa, Nebraska and Iona, although, Iowa and Nebraska are considered the leaders.

Matt Weitzel from the Iowa sports information office said Wednesday afternoon that he wasn’t aware of any player on the verge of signing a letter of intent with the Hawkeyes.

The spring signing period began last Wednesday and will last until mid-May.

McCaffery has three scholarships available this spring and it’s widely assumed that he wants to land a point guard with sophomore Cully Payne having recently left the program and with Cedar Rapids Washington senior point guard Wes Washpun having picked Tennessee over Iowa.

Payne started 37 games at point guard for Iowa over the past two seasons, but he only played in five games this past season after having surgery to repair a sports hernia.

Payne has since decided to transfer to Loyola University in Chicago.

Glover has played both shooting guard and point guard in junior college. He also will have three seasons of eligibility after being an academic qualifier coming out of high school in southern California.

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About Pat Harty: Columnist Pat Harty has been covering the Iowa Hawkeyes for the Press-Citizen since 1991. Originally from Des Moines, he currently writes columns and covers Hawkeye men's basketball for Hawk Central. View author profile.

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