Sometimes change is good.
Grandy Glaze can certainly relate.
After sitting out the 2014-15 season with an injury and completing his communications degree at St. Louis University the broad-shouldered forward was looking for a new home to play his final season of eligibility.
So the Toronto native who prepped in the northeast and spent three seasons with the Billikins in the midwest decided to trade snow for sun selecting Grand Canyon University over Wyoming, New Mexico and others.
“I really like Phoenix, that’s one of the things that got me right away,” Glaze said after scoring 16 points and grabbing 12 rebounds in GCU’s last-second loss to Seattle Saturday. “It’s a completely different dynamic in the desert.”
Terrain and climate weren’t the only dynamics which changed. On the court Glaze went from SLU’s slow-down, half-court sets to head coach Dan Majerle’s up-tempo style which has the 19-3 Lopes scoring just under 80 points per game.
“When I was at SLU, great program…but we didn’t push the ball as much,” the 6’6″, 235-pounder said. “Here we’re running the floor…[our] guards are really good at just finding me.”
Glaze leads GCU in rebounding (7.9 per game) and is second in scoring (14.3) while shooting a sizzling 63.1% from the floor.
“He’s a very good rebounder,” Majerle said. “Lots of energy. He has a knack of taking angles and taking unorthodox shots that go in. He’s very good at that. He’s having a great year.”
When Glaze isn’t playing basketball or working towards his master’s degree in leadership he likes to create videos for his social media accounts and hit the weights.
“I like to exercise my mind and my outer muscles,” he said with a smile.
Keep flexing Grandy.