Bearden basketball has been a dominant program over the past two seasons, and its players are being recognized by collegiate teams for their outstanding play.
Several players on the team have received offers to play collegiate basketball, with one already signing.
Senior guard Glover has been the key to the Bulldog offense for the past three years, and his play has landed him plenty of big offers.
“Going into my sophomore year, I had one or two offers and then last year, my junior year, I started playing AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) with Bobby Maze Elite with Drew [Pember] and things started to pick up for me.”
Glover’s offers are Western Carolina, Florida International, UNC Asheville, Vermont, Furman, New Mexico State, College of Charleston, Mount St. Marys, Northern Kentucky, Yale, Loyola Chicago, Charlotte, Cal State Bakersfield, Nicholls State, Indiana State, Bucknell, UAB, Lipscomb, and NC A&T.
Glover has not made a decision yet, but will look to make one toward the end of the season.
Senior Kordell Kah has been an on-and-off starter throughout his four years at Bearden, and Kah’s strong post play and ability to draw charges has gotten him offers from on Division I school and several Division III schools.
Kah’s offers are Walters State, Rhodes, Maryville, Emory and Henry, Hampden Sydney, and Roanoke.
Although Kah has a shot at Division I basketball, he is putting his academics first when making a decision.
“With my academics, I can go get a full ride at a lot of schools so I am going based on a diploma rather than playing for something afterwards,” Kah said. “Right now, my biggest option would be Maryville because they have a really good degree and I am almost at a full ride.”
Anyone who keeps up with the Tennessee men’s basketball team or Bearden’s knows about the senior forward Pember signing with the Vols. Pember’s 6-foot-10 frame combined with his guard-like shooting ability has led to him signing alongside McDonald’s All-American Josiah James in UT’s decorated recruiting class.
Pember committed to play for Coach Rick Barnes in June, and signed his letter of intent in November.
Pember’s size and skill means limitless potential, and Bearden Coach Jeremy Parrott believes this is why Coach Barnes recruited him.
“To play at that level, he’ll have to be pushed in the weight room; he’s going to have to add some dimensions to his physique and his game that he’s not even aware of yet,” Coach Parrott said. “I think there’s a very high ceiling for him.
“I think they signed him on potential of what he can be. He certainly has the raw material to do it.”
Senior Shamarcus Brown decided to play football along with basketball this season, and he was one of the key pieces on the defensive line. Although only playing one year, Brown was able to gain some interest from college coaches and even land a few football offers.
Brown has his options, however. His defensive-end size has helped him thrive on the basketball court, and Brown often looks like a man amongst boys in the paint. Despite being a little undersized for a power forward (6-5), Brown uses his strength to score over taller defenders.
Brown’s physicality on the court has helped him get some interest, and with much of the season left to play, it would be no surprise to see him rack up some offers.
Brown has two Division II offers from Georgetown College and UVA-Wise. He has also gained interest from Tennessee-Chattanooga and Presbyterian for basketball, and UCONN and Elon for football.
Senior and four-year starting guard Trent Stephney has been a part of one of the best backcourts in the state for the past four years.
Stephney has received offers to play for Tennessee Tech and expects to receive an offer from UNC Asheville.
“Coach Parrott has been having some schools watch me play,” Stephney said. “UNC Asheville watched me play and they may be coming tonight [last Friday night].”
Along with Brown, senior Roman Robinson played football this last season and was able to get the interest of some schools.
Although playing collegiate basketball is still on the table, Robinson has his mind set on football.
“I want to play college football,” Robinson said. “I played one year, had a great year and I feel like I can go to the next level. Just have to get a little bit bigger and stronger.”
Robinson has gained interest from Eastern Kentucky, Chattanooga, ETSU, and Richmond.
Bearden undoubtedly has great talent on its basketball team, and with much of the season to go, there is no telling where these players might end up.