Archive for Wednesday, May 22, 2002

Glenn playing basketball home and abroad

May 22, 2002

Ohio will seem like a hop, skip and jump shot away for Tonganoxie's Jordan Glenn.

The senior will travel to Columbus, Ohio, to compete in the USA Junior Nationals. The tournament takes place June 8-14, but Glenn will leave Ohio on June 13 to prepare for another basketball trip, this time to Australia.

International Sports Specialists Inc. will sponsor the Australian basketball event. ISSI's tournament features American athletes Down Under, with teams representing each state and some Australian athletes also competing.

Glenn has kept active with basketball since his high school career ended in the sub-state finals in late February.

The Chieftain forward competed in a USA Amateur Athletics Association tournament April 7 in Wichita. Glenn played with and against players from across Kansas in Wichita State's Heskitt Gymnasium. His team went 2-1, with Glenn scoring seven, 14 and 21 points in the games. The effort helped Glenn's nomination for the Junior Nationals.

"I did pretty well," Glenn said. "I must have done well to be chosen."

The Ohio tournament will have the same format as Australia, as each state will field a team at the Junior Nationals.

The tournament in Wichita also prepared Glenn for what's to come in July.

"I think the competition there was a little higher," Glenn said, comparing it to high school. "It was a little more competitive than high school season games."

Glenn averaged 6.6 points his senior year and at this point is looking to play basketball at St. Mary in Leavenworth or at Division I UMKC.

In the meantime, the THS senior must raise money for his two excursions. The Ohio trip costs roughly $500, while the Australian jaunt has a $3,860 price tag.

Through sponsorship in Tonganoxie and Leavenworth, Glenn has raised more than $2,500 and said he should raise the remaining funds before the Ohio trip.

"It's been hectic, but we'll manage," Glenn said.

The upcoming tournaments, especially the Junior Nationals, will help Glenn, he hopes, in finding a college team.

"I think it'll be a good experience," Glenn said. "I get to meet new people and there will be a lot of coaches there. I'll show them what I've got and hope something comes up."

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