Tayven Glasgow’s Strong Start

Tayven Glasgow has had a strong start to his final season of high school basketball, a start that has surprised some people, but certainly not him. As he continued to work under the radar and improve his weaknesses, other people flew higher than him but that didn’t stop him during his final AAU season either. Glasgow’s final AAU season was something he could look back on and be proud about, he continued to work on his game and show potential college coaches what type of player he is. A winner, playmaker, and a team-first guy. He displays an unselfishness ability about him, that certainly goes overlooked when looking for the right player to fill a hole in some college coaches roster next year. 

“I put in a lot of work to get my body right, and worked on my game all summer. That allowed me to regain my confidence, and in basketball confidence is everything.”

Glasgow is right, confidence in basketball is everything. But he’s glad to have found that confidence again, knowing he can play with the best of them. A big proponent to Glasgow losing his confidence was a lot of missed opportunities. Something he wishes he had back, but he’s focused on looking ahead and moving forward. “The culture in the area isn’t very good,” added Glasgow. “There’s a lot that can bring you down if you let it.”

When culture comes to mind in basketball and surrounding cities, it’s all about being happy for someone’s success. You’ve got the DMV area, probably one of the most rich basketball talent areas in the nation, an area that has produced such superstars like Kevin Durant, Elgin Baylor, Johnny Dawkins, Adrian Dantley, and so forth. When those players made it big, who hail from the DMV, everyone cheers for their success. That’s what good culture is about, and that’s what Glasgow eventually wants to see from the Kansas City area. 

“Just wanting to see other people win, that’s what it’s really about. Be happy with other’s success.”

Glasgow’s doing all he can to improve the culture, but also with the strong start to his senior season of high school, that’s already improving it enough. 

When asked about what he did to gain his confidence back, Glasgow attributed his desire to win and his strong play so far this season. “I hate losing, so last year was tough for me. I just don’t want that to happen again,” added Glasgow. 

Glasgow’s game has improved ten folds since the summer, he’s becoming a more polished all-around basketball player and he’s taken a sense of pride in that as well. 

“I’ve always tried to be the best all-around basketball player I can be,” said Glasgow. “If I was only showing up in one to two categories I’d be doing a disservice to myself and my team.”

This season has seen Glasgow fall a bit under the radar in terms of recognition from media across the metro. He’s held two of the top scorers in the metro area to their worst shooting nights of the season, showing how relentless of an on-ball defender he is. Most kids would use that as fuel, having a chip on their shoulder, but that’s not Glasgow. “I feel like if it was meant for me to get recognition then I would get recognition,” said Glasgow. 

“I’m not really seeking validation, I just want to win games and hopefully a state championship.”

With that potential goal inching closer, the mindset and the message is clear. “Our record might not say it, but we’re a really good team. I think once we get a full head of steam, we’re going to be a real problem.”

There’s always something that can be improved, and right now for Glasgow that’s trying not to be too passive at times. Being a team first player like him, that could come quite a lot, but there also needs to be times when he needs to be aggressive, and he knows that. He wants to be the spark his team needs at crucial points during games. 

While he has no offers, coaches have been reaching out to him and showing interest. It’s only a matter of time before that first offer comes in, and when it does, a coach is going to be getting an absolute steal.

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