Boys Varsity Basketball · Mr. Basketball finalist Glover carries Bulldogs into postseason

Over the past four years, senior Ques Glover has been the energy and spark for the Bearden basketball team’s success.

Now as a senior, Glover is getting state-wide recognition for his play.

He’s been named a finalist for the Class AAA Mr. Basketball award, one of the most prestigious awards in high school basketball. Memphis signee and McDonald’s All-American James Wiseman and Ole Miss signee Antavion Collum join Glover as the other two nominees.

Glover and Bearden (25-5) will host Central (16-12) at 7 p.m. on Saturday in a region tournament quarterfinal. Both Saturday night and the ensuing region semifinals on Tuesday night are elimination games.

Being a finalist for this award didn’t come easy for Glover, as he has put in countless hours to get to be the player he is today.

“[Being a finalist] is a blessing because it’s showing all the hard work that me and my teammates put in the gym,” Glover said. “All the hard work is paying off now.”

Coach Jeremy Parrott credits Glover’s work ethic as well.

“He’s a gym rat,” Coach Parrott said. “He’s not a guy you have to beg to come work on things, and he gives a big attention to detail.

“It shows in his game.”

Glover has been the key to Bearden’s offense this season, averaging 21.3 points per game. He has also scored 30+ points multiple times this season and he is a 2,000-point career scorer.

Coach Parrott believes Glover’s growth in height and strength has helped him develop into the offensive weapon he is now.

“As a sophomore, the work ethic, the skill level, the intensity and focus was all there,” Coach Parrott said. “All that happened between 10th and 12th [grade] was growth; he got bigger and stronger and faster.

“So, all the ground work and foundation he laid started coming to fruition at that point.”

Senior guard Trent Stephney, who makes up the other half of East Tennessee’s most dangerous backcourt, has also seen growth over the past four years.

“He’s developed as a player in his skills and shots,” Stephney said. “You can tell he’s grown a lot in the last four years.”

While Glover is a great player on the court, Stephney believes Glover has great character off the court.

“He is a very good friend and player to play with,” Stephney said. “He’s someone I like to be around on the court and off the court.”

Whether or not Glover ends up winning the Mr. Basketball Award, Coach Parrott is proud to have coached a player that is nominated for such a respected award.

“I can’t say that I ever thought I’d be able to say that, especially because of the stranglehold that Middle and West Tennessee usually have on the award,” Coach Parrott said. “To have a guard from East Tennessee to be nominated for that award is just a really surreal feeling, and I hope he wins it.”