CSZ Exclusive Interview: 2023 Standout Kaleb Glenn

Every couple of years, a top basketball recruit bursts on to the scene in the state of Kentucky. In turn, Louisville has made it a priority in recent years to reel in the local talent, landing names such as Quentin Snider, Ray Spalding, and David Johnson. As rich as the state is in talent, the 2023 class offers a unique opportunity for the in-state collegiate programs. Currently, there are three prospects in the top-100 of the 247Sports recruiting  rankings, with Louisville Male High School star Kaleb Glenn headlining the group.

There is not a doubt that the hometown Cardinals are doing whatever it takes to keep Glenn in the city.

“Louisville is just a great program overall, with a great coach in Coach (Chris) Mack”, Glenn explained. “They are changing to a NBA-style offense. They also value player development, play a tough schedule, and bring in great players year-in and year-out. They believe I can be the next ‘Hometown Cardinal’ in the NBA.”

The 6-foot-6 rising junior is ranked as the 44th-best recruit in the 2023 cycle (#1 in state), and the ninth-best small forward. After showing promise as an eighth grader playing high school varsity basketball, Glenn immediately averaged double-digits in his freshman campaign at Male, leading the state in field goal percentage. Shortly after, the Cardinals began showing interest and Glenn started creating a relationship with Mack.

With Male looking to replace key departures from 2019-20, Glenn elevated his game as a sophomore, averaging a staggering 20.5 points and 12.6 rebounds per game, respectively. The strong play carried over into the summer AAU season, where the Louisville native ranked 13th in scoring and third in rebounding in the Nike EYBL circuit.

“AAU ball went well”, Glenn said.  “I feel like I got a lot better this last spring/summer. Peach Jam went good for me. Other than that, it was a great experience all together getting to play against high-level talent in front of high-level coaches. My game grew a lot; all aspects of my game are starting to come together and I’m beginning to build more and more confidence.”

Glenn turned a lot of heads early on, and the offers followed shortly after. So far he has racked up 12 offers, but the one from his hometown university was a game-changer. “It was definitely a good feeling being the first to get the offer from Louisville”, Glenn said. “I have a great relationship with the coaching staff, and I talk to them almost everyday out of the week.” His other scholarship offers have come from Georgia Southern, Cincinnati, Iowa State, West Virginia, Western Kentucky, Wake Forest, Arizona State, South Carolina, Indiana, Texas AM, and Tennessee.

With the AAU season in the rearview mirror, Glenn has turned his attention to planning visits and gearing up for his junior campaign. At this point, he is soaking in the experience and continuing to get to know various college coaches and programs. Despite not having a commitment date pinned, Glenn admitted that he wants to make a decision on his future before the summer leading us to his senior year.

Glenn will be in attendance for Louisville Live in September, and the Cardinal program looks to create positive momentum in the pursuit for the high four-star’s services. “So far, Louisville is recruiting me the hardest”, he said. “Indiana is right there too, not far behind at all. Tennessee and Texas AM are also in the mix.”

With Male’s season being cut short due to COVID in 2020, and the Bulldogs falling short in 2021, Glenn believes Male has unfinished business to attend to. “My goal is to just work my hardest and lead my team to a state championship”, he said. “For myself, it is just to keep staying in the gym and improving all aspects of my game.”

Mack and the coaching staff will continue to turn up the heat in the coming months, as Glenn is one od, if not the top priority on the 2023 wishlist.

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