Forward/guard commits to MU

Glen Dandridge scored 18 points per game last season for powerful Mount Zion Academy.
Wednesday, August 13, 2003 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 3:11 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008

The Missouri basketball team has added another player for the 2004 season.

Glen Dandridge, a 6-foot-6 small forward/shooting guard, confirmed Tuesday he has given an oral commitment to play for MU.

Dandridge said he took an unofficial visit to MU over the weekend and liked what he saw.

“I liked the environment, the coaching staff and everything,” Dandridge said. “I like the commitment (the coaches) have with their players to get them to the next level.”

Dandridge, who plays at Mount Zion Christian Academy in Durham, N.C., said he choose MU over other schools, including Kentucky, because of the interest the coaching staff showed in him.

Dandridge said he chose to commit to MU early because he didn’t want to worry about his decision during the school year.

Dandridge joins Kalen Grimes, a power forward from Hazelwood Central High in Florissant and Marshall Brown, a small forward from Austin, Texas, in the 2004 recruiting class.

Grimes, ranked No. 78 by, orally committed July 15. Brown, ranked No. 52, committed Sunday. Dandridge is ranked No. 111 and averaged 18 points and nine rebounds a game last season.

Dandridge said he has played with Brown and is looking forward to being on the team with him.

“He is a good all-around player and I like him,” Dandridge said.

Glen Dandridge Sr., Dandridge’s father, said he is excited about his son’s decision to commit to MU, but was surprised his son decided this early.

“I kind of suspected it, but I didn’t think it would happen this weekend,” Glen Dandridge Sr. said. “I had a thought that this is where he wanted to go, but I thought he would look at a few other places before he decided.”

Although oral commitments are nonbinding, Glen Dandridge Sr. said he thinks his son’s decision is probably final. Players can sign binding letters of intent in November.

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