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Mike Glover had a huge impact on the Iona Gaels in his first season in New Rochelle.
After transferring from junior college, Glover averaged 18.4 points and 10.1 rebounds per game. Glover was strongest in the post and in transition last year, but according to Iona head coach Tim Cluess via ESPN.com, the MAAC preseason Player of the Year improved in other facets this offseason:
"I think Mike added a lot of perimeter skills to his game," Cluess said Tuesday. "His shot has gotten a lot better. He's putting the ball on the floor to drive it much better than he was a year ago. Put on about seven to 10 pounds of muscle as well. I think he'll be a tougher, more durable player than he was last year. We'll use him in the inside-out role not strictly on the blocks anymore because he has improved that part of his game."
If opposing defenses struggled to contain Glover last season, planning to contain him in 2011-12 will be even more of a challenge.
Iona has received copious hype in the weeks leading up to the preseason. The NCAA granted Lamont "MoMo" Jones a hardship waiver, making him eligible to immediately join Iona's top-four scorers from last year's 25-win team on the court.
If the Gaels win in the vicinity of 27-30 games and make a tournament run with Glover leading the charge, the forward could see his name on the AP All-America list in March.