Florida got amazing news this past week when Tennessee product Ques Glover announced his commitment to the Gators. In getting the talented point guard the Gators added depth to a position they haven’t had a lot of capable bodies in the last two seasons and also added a dimension of speed and individual offensive creation that would be a change of pace from the precise past-first game of starter Andrew Nembhard.
When I watch Glover play his passion and energy on both sides of the floor is immediately apparent and his opponents are going to feel him for 40 minutes. While his sub-6’ frame may have scared off coaches, his excellent athleticism, speed, and intelligence make him look anything but small on the court and the Gators have a player I think is going to be a force for multiple seasons in Gainesville. Averaging 21.1 points per game in a solid high school league in Tennessee while shooting a blistering 44.3% from three on his way to a state championship Glover is player who has won and played amazingly at every level he’s been at so to me, the SEC shouldn’t be any different.
Glover was gracious enough to let me ask him a few questions about his commitment to the Gators and how it felt to get that state title.
EF: Thanks so much for doing this Ques! First off, congratulations on the commitment! I have never had Gator fans pushing for me to get an interview like they did when you committed, it seems like you’re a fan favorite already. I know you’ve probably had to tell this story 100 times already but can you tell everyone the timeline of when Florida contacted you, when they offered, and when you committed?
QG: They contacted March 27 and they were just trying to get to know me and they called my coach and asked for my film and transcript and then Coach White called me Saturday and got to know me and then they offered me officially Monday.
EF: What were your thoughts when you first got the Gators offer and what made you decide to commit?
QG: It’s always been a dream to play in the SEC so when I got the chance it was like a dream come true.
EF: Can you describe your game for those who haven’t had the chance to see you play?
QG: High energy, fast-paced with a level of toughness on the defensive side. Athletic with a jump shot.
EF: I’ve gotta admit Ques, I was playing catch-up a bit when you committed as I didn’t have the chance to see you play much I’ve found tons of your games online and going through them your toughness was really evident and you play with an extremely high level of confidence that I think is contagious with your teammates. Where does that confidence come from?
QG: It’s from being undersized my whole life and spending a lot of time in the gym. I have spent many hours in the gym with my dad and my trainers.
EF: You were extremely slept on when it came to your recruitment. Do you think your height is the only reason college coaches didn’t look at you the way they should have?
QG: Yes, I think it was mainly a size thing.
EF: One of the games I watched yesterday since you committed was the Tennessee 3A State Championship game where you led your team to a comfortable win over Memphis East, a team with the #1 player in the country James Wiseman. How good did that state championship feel?
QG: It felt really good. That had been one of my goals since freshman year, so being able to accomplish it was a dream come true. And to be able to accomplish that with my team was one of the best feelings ever. We couldn’t have asked for a better ending.
EF: Congratulations again on that accomplishment and also congratulations on being named MVP of the tournament! So before Florida offered you had an individual workout with Coach Pinkins. What does an individual workout like that look like? Were you nervous at all in that setting?
QG: It’s a lot of shooting and ball handling. I wasn’t really nervous. I knew I was prepared for that day. Those are things I work on a lot. I just really wanted it to go well.
EF: From the games I’ve seen your shooting and ability to score is tremendous, especially in screen and roll. When you come off a pick what are you looking for in the defense before you attack?
QG: An opening or space in the defense. Also looking to see what the defense is going to give me. It could be a pass to my teammates or a shot.
EF: Your ability to score gives the Gators an element at point guard they didn’t have as much last season. Have you talked with the coaching staff about the potential minute situation next season, and do you have any personal goals in terms of how much you’ll play?
QG: No sir…I just want to come in and contribute with the minutes I get.
EF: You’ve joined a class that’s amongst the best Florida has ever had. How familiar are you with Scottie Lewis, Tre Mann, and Omar Payne? And what can you tell me about fellow Tennessee player Jason Jitoboh?
QG: I played against Tre Mann, Scottie Lewis, and Jason Jitoboh this year and all of those guys are really god players. It’s going to be fun playing with all of them.
EF: Off the court I’ve heard you’re an awesome student and that’s evidenced by the offer you had to Yale. How do you handle excellence on both the court and in the classroom?
QG: That’s really important bro, to my parents and I. They push me to stay on top of my grades.
EF: Good for you man. Thank you again for doing this, I know it’s a super busy time for you with the commitment and I know ton of people are getting at you so I appreciate you giving me the time. I can’t wait to see you on the court in Gainesville, I love your game and love the passion you play with, keep being you. One last question, what’s something you do that has nothing to do with basketball, what do you do to unwind?
QG: Chill with friends and watch Netflix.
EF: What shows are you watching right now?
QG: All American and Pretty Little Liars right now.
EF: Good stuff man. Have a great spring and I can’t wait to see you in orange and blue!
QG: Yes sir.
You can follow Ques on Twitter at @quesglover.