Spartanburg, S.C. – Former USC Upstate men's basketball forward Ricardo Glenn has signed a professional contract with Hoverla of the Ukraine superleague, the organization recently announced.
Glenn is the second Spartan to sign a professional contract this summer, as Upstate great Torrey Craig inked with the Cairns Taipans of the Australian National Basketball League earlier this month.
"It's an amazing feeling to know that I'm a professional basketball player now because people always told me that I was too slow, not athletic enough and not tall enough to make it," Glenn said. "It's really just a dream come true for me and right now I'm just living in the moment."
Glenn proved to be one of the steadiest performers for the Spartans during his career at Upstate and capped his tenure in Spartanburg with a dominant senior season that saw him lead the Atlantic Sun Conference in rebounding (8.0 rpg), offensive rebounds (3.2 orpg) and field goal percentage (.635). The Augusta, Ga., native also ranked 15th in the league in scoring with 13.4 points per game and paced the conference with 12 double-doubles.
He turned in one of his best games of the season when he scored 21 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead the Spartans to a 74-68 victory at South Carolina to secure the program's first win over a school from the Southeastern Conference.
Glenn was named to the All-A-Sun second team at the end of the regular season and later earned a spot on the all-tournament team after averaging 19.5 points and 10.0 rebounds per game during Upstate's run to the semifinals.
"We are very pleased to have another one of our players have an opportunity to continue their career in the professional ranks," USC Upstate head coach Eddie Payne said. "Ricardo is heading to a very interesting and unique part of the world, but I think it will be an awesome experience for a young man from Augusta."
Glenn ended his career tied for 11th all-time in Upstate history with 1,255 points and third all-time with 928 rebounds. In addition, he stands second all-time with 127 games played and third with 114 games started. Glenn also ranks ninth all-time in A-Sun history in rebounds.