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AFTER starting the first five games of his senior basketball season, Christian Glass came off the bench for Columbus North in Saturday’s Hall of Fame Classic.
That didn’t bother the 6-foot-3 guard-forward. Glass is all about helping the team improve, and if that means coming off the bench, so be it.
“He can definitely be an X-factor in terms of the difference in the game,” North coach Jason Speer said.
“Maybe he doesn’t show up on a scouting report. There are times when Christian Glass is our best player, so for him to be patient with that and let his game come to him, it’s a nice weapon to have coming off the bench.”
Glass had perhaps his best game of the season Saturday night in the Class 4A No. 7 Bull Dogs’ 65-59 loss to 3A No. 1 Greensburg in the Hall of Fame Classic championship game. He hit a pair of 3-pointers and scored a career-high 10 points in 15 minutes of action.
For the season, Glass is averaging 4.3 points, 1.6 rebounds and 1.3 assists a game. He ranks third on the team with seven 3-pointers and is second among Bull Dogs (5-2) with at least 10 3-point attempts with a 31.8 3-point percentage.
“We’ve played good as a team, and we’re getting better,” Glass said. “We’re improving the whole time.”
Junior Kooper Glick, who sprained an ankle in North’s season-opening win over Hauser, returned to the lineup on Saturday.
“Whether I’m the sixth man or a starter, it doesn’t matter,” Glass said. “I’m going to come out and play hard because I’m needed to shoot and I’m needed to play defense. Me and Kooper are
“Christian is a special young man,” Speer said. “He’s done everything that we’ve asked him to do from the time he’s been a freshman all the way to now, whether that be as a primary ball-handler or to be a slasher and scorer. Now, he’s filled in some valuable minutes. He’s a fabulous, fabulous kid, and we’re very fortunate to have him.”
Glass is seeing his first meaningful varsity basketball action after playing primarily JV the past two years.
“It’s much more exciting,” Glass said. “There’s bigger crowds. It’s much more intense. It’s faster. It’s all-around another level and more fun.”
Glass does have varsity experience in another sport. He was a starting pitcher on the Bull Dogs’ baseball team last spring.
“It gets me ready for the pressure because, when you’re playing JV (basketball), there’s not a lot of pressure,” Glass said. “But when you’re playing varsity, every play matters. Every game matters. You represent the town.”
Xavier and Evansville are among the college baseball programs at the top of Glass’ list. Anderson and Bellarmine have shown the most interest for basketball.
“I’m not sure which one I’ll play yet, but I’ve been looking a lot at baseball,” Glass said.
As for his favorite sport, Glass isn’t sure which one he likes better.
“It’s a tossup,” Glass said. “There’s a lot of moments where it’s ‘I love basketball,’ and then, there’s a lot of other moments where you’re like ‘I love baseball.’ I can’t decide.”
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