Plymouth Whitemarsh's Alan Glover missed the bulk of last season with a torn medial collateral ligament suffered in the team's nonleague opener. "I was boxing a player out, and he ran into the outside of my knee," he said.
Glover returned in the second round of the PIAA District 1 Class 6A playoffs and came off the bench in the squad's drive to the state semifinals.
Now, as he showed in Saturday afternoon's game against Archbishop Carroll, Glover is a key member of an inexperienced and talent-filled group.
The 6-foot-4, 205-pound senior wing produced 16 points, 10 rebounds and three assists as the Colonials downed the Patriots, 66-53, in the inaugural Diane Mosco Foundation Shootout Against Cancer at Archbishop Wood.
"I'm not worried much about scoring," Glover said. "I just go out there, hustle, grab rebounds and clean up around the basket."
Glover shot 4 for 6 from the field, including 2 for 2 from beyond the arc in the first quarter, and 6 for 8 from the line. Four of his caroms came on the offensive end.
Plymouth Whitemarsh (3-0) relies on Glover and Naheem McLeod, a 7-foot-2 junior center and Division I prospect, for the bulk of its rebounding.
"Since Naheem is still developing his game, Alan has to be that glue guy for us," Colonials coach Jim Donofrio said. "He has to make things happen when Naheem draws a lot of defensive attention."
Glover, who is nursing a sprained ankle he suffered two weeks ago, has drawn interest from the Division II likes of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Shippensburg and West Chester. "He's the kind of player you have to see in person to get a real feel for what he can do," Donofrio said.
McLeod delivered 17 rebounds, with nine on offense, and 14 points against Carroll. The improving big man has scholarship offers from La Salle, Oregon, Penn State and Virginia Commonwealth. Seton Hall, South Carolina, Maryland, Temple, Villanova, and Virginia are also keeping tabs.
"He's improved so much from a year ago," Donofrio said. "The first two years, he played basketball only because of his height. Now, he's very astute on the court."
Twin brothers Ahmin and Ahmad Williams are back for the Colonials as is fellow senior guard Ish Horn. Ahmin Williams netted 17 points, five boards and four assists against the Patriots.
Ahead by 45-37 late in the third quarter, Plymouth Whitemarsh went on an 11-0 run that included Danny Cooper's buzzer-beating floater and was capped by Ahmin Williams' layup off a nifty feed from his brother. Ahmad Williams chipped in seven points, five boards and three assists.
Carroll (2-1) received double-digit scoring from Justin Anderson (14 points), Luke House (14), and sixth man Ny'Mire Little (11).
Archbishop Carroll 13 9 15 16 – 53
Plymouth Whitemarsh 20 13 18 15 – 66
PW: Ahmin Williams 17, Ahmad Williams 7, Naheem McLeod 14, Alan Glover 16, Ish Horn 4, Danny Cooper 8.
AC: Justin Anderson 14, Kiyl Mack 2, Luke House 14, Keyon Butler 9, Ny'mire Little 11, Derrell Jones 3.