April 30, 2012

Deacs sitting well with Gladden

B.J. Gladden showcased his skillset in front of Wake Forest assistant coach Jeff Battle at least three times in a two-day stretch [Friday, April 27-Saturday, April 28] at the Boo Williams Sportsplex in Hampton, Va.

The 6-foot-5, 210-pound Charlotte (NC) Kennedy Charter small forward said it was good to see Battle there and that the Demon Deacons are at the top in his recruitment.

"I'm real cool with the people at Wake Forest," Gladden said. "I like Wake. I like Wake a lot. Skip Prosser used to coach there. My uncle used to play for him, so it's a good relationship at Wake. It's close to home, and that's always good."

Walt Corbean is Gladden's primary recruiter for the Deacs.

"We [he and Corbean] have talked a couple times," Gladden said. "He's a cool coach. I like him. He was telling me about the style at Wake, and I like the style at Wake. It's cool. It's a good situation."

Along with Wake Gladden is hearing the most from Tennessee, UNC-Charlotte and Xavier. He wants to choose a school between his junior and senior season.

"They [school he choose] have to be cool with me and my family," Gladden said. "They have to have a good education. I don't like city schools."

Gladden is working to improve his ball-handling, physical conditioning and shooting, and hopes to be recognized as one of the nation's top 50 players by the start of the 2014 season.

He averaged 14.9 points per game to help lead Kennedy Charter to a 24-3 record last season.

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