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April 2022

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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APRIL 2022 THE WOLVERINE 59 BY CHRIS BALAS D i f fe re n t M i c h i ga n b a s ke t b a l l coaches have looked for varying characteristics over the years in their re- cruits, but almost all of them value one trait: They like winners. U-M's four-man 2022 recruiting class features a quartet who have done plenty of winning over their careers. Two of them — Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Calvary Christian Academy forward Gregg Glenn and Chantilly (Va.) St. Paul VI Catholic point guard Dug McDaniel — ended their career as champions. On March 5, Glenn led Calvary Chris- tian to the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) Class 4A state championship with a 74-58 victory over Jacksonville (Fla.) Andrew Jackson High, a team that had been riding a 23-game winning streak heading into the title tilt. He notched a game-high 19 points, seven rebounds, four steals and two blocks, and the squad earned an automatic berth into the new ESPN State Championships In- vitational in April at Orlando, Fla. Glenn and his Eagles team reportedly led from start to finish at the RP Fund- ing Center in Lakeland, Fla., to capture the title. "My mindset today was to go hard," Glenn told The South Florida Sun Senti- nel. "This was my last high school game, and I wanted to win the state champion- ship."'s No. 4 team in the na- tion, Calvary Christian went 5-1 versus teams ranked in the national top 40 this season. Head coach Cilk McSweeney knew everyone would be gunning for his squad, but Glenn (6-7, 215,'s No. 134 player nationally) rose to the oc- casion when it mattered most. "This year was different because we weren't the new kids on the block," Mc- Sweeney said. "We had done a lot of damage last year and we added Brenen Lorient, who moved from Ocala, into the mix, so that obviously made us even bet- ter. "Gregg overcame the wrist injury from the summer, and we were able to get him back. We were everybody's bull's-eye. We knew every game was going to be a dogfight, and we had a chance to win every game no matter who we were play- ing." In the Washington, D.C., area, Mc- Daniel carried his St. Paul VI Catholic team to a title in the loaded Washing- ton Catholic Athletic Conference tour- nament. The Washington Post lauded his unselfishness in a game in which he scored 12 points. He was the leading scorer in a 43-42 victory over Forestville (Md.) Bishop McNamara. "Dug McDaniel had waited a long time for this," they wrote. "With his team trailing Bishop McNamara by one in the closing seconds of the Washing- ton Catholic Athletic Conference tour- nament championship game, the Paul VI senior dribbled near midcourt and surveyed the defense. The play was de- signed to get him going toward the hoop for the last shot, to have the Panthers' long-held hopes for a conference title in the hands of their battle-tested star. "But as McDaniel entered a crowded lane and the clock ticked under five sec- onds, he realized the moment did not have to be his alone. He dumped the ball down to the block, where freshman Jaquan Womack was waiting. Wom- ack fought through two defenders and banked the ball high off the backboard. It fell through, and McDaniel fell to the court, covering his face with an elbow, hiding his reaction to the 43-42 victory from the world." His teammate thought so much of him that he didn't even want to talk about his own heroics. "I did it for him," Womack said of Mc- Daniel. "The only senior on this team. No one was expecting him to be the one to get the championship. I can't imagine a better game to send him off with." The Panthers won their first WCAC title in eight years as a result. They'd en- tered with more talented teams in the past, but this one found a way, led by the 5-11, 167-pound McDaniel,'s No. 72 overall player nationally. Known more as a passer and bucket- getter than a shooter, McDaniel report- edly shot 41 percent from behind the arc this year in adding to his arsenal. "This is the Panthers' first WCAC title since 2014, breaking a skid in which they stacked their roster with talent but ulti- mately came up short," The Post noted. Gregg Glenn scored a game-high 19 points to lead Calvary Christian Academy past Andrew Jackson High for Florida's Class 4A state championship. PHOTO COURTESY GREGG GLENN   BASKETBALL RECRUITING Two Michigan Signees Win Championships Dug McDaniel scored 12 points and had an assist on the winning basket to lift St. Paul VI Catholic past Bishop McNamara for the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference crown. PHOTO COURTESY DUG MCDANIEL

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