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  • Name: Mickell Gladness
  • Position: Center
  • Height: 6-11 (2.11m)
  • Weight: 202 (92kg)
  • College Team:Alabama A&M Bulldogs
  • Nationality: American
  • Birthplace: Sylacauga, Alabama
  • Birthdate: 7/26/1986
  • Drafted: Automatically eligible for the 2008 NBA Draft but was not selected by an NBA franchise... Drafted by the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in the 2009 NBDL Draft...
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Strengths: Athletically, Gladness is a solid athlete with good explosiveness … Has no problem running the floor as his foot speed allows him to keep up with most guards … Gladness is a dominant shot blocker with skill that is definitely on the NBA level … Physically, he has all the tools to remain a competent shot blocker - explosiveness, wingspan, and timing … Even more impressive is how patient and selective he has been with what shots to go after … Despite weighing less than some other players at his position in the post, he possesses a mean streak to continue to attack … Tremendous lateral quickness allows him to make an impact as a help defender … Hands are soft, enabling him to catch passes despite getting pushed by opposing defenders … Has started to show signs of a good looking turnaround jumper that still needs work, but only from a repetition standpoint … Intimidates with his shot blocking so much that opposing teams second guess drives and lay-ups when he is in the game regardless of competition … Upside is very appealing in that being a shot blocker is natural gift while strength and post moves are teachable … Improved as an out of position rebounder thanks to his mobility …

Weakness:Will need to add some serious weight and upper body strength to his frame … Struggles to gain position in the post without getting pushed out by his defender … Offensively, he lacks the touch to finish around the basket without dunking … Despite his shot blocking ability Gladness needs to improve his post defense … Too often he doesn’t deny post position, opposing defenders are easily able to muscle him … Post footwork isn’t bad but needs some level of refinement as his balance can be suspect … From a fundamental standpoint Gladness puts the ball on the floor too much instead of keeping it high … This can be frustrating as his sheer size demands double teams on the college level - guards will often come down and swipe the ball … Many will insist that his level of competition in the SWAC will degrade his value, but Gladness’s shot blocking and overall play have been solid in most non-conference games … Rebounding in his area is inconsistent mainly due to his inability to successfully box out strong opposing players …

Matthew Maurer - 12/24/07

Statistics

SEASONS

GP

FG%

3PT%

FT%

SPG

BPG

RPG

APG

PPG

2004-05 Lawson State C.C.

24

51.5

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36.8

0.2

2.2

4.1

0.2

3.1

2005-06 Alabama A&M

26

44.3

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66.7

0.5

3.0

4.3

0.2

3.5

2006-07 Alabama A&M

30

43.1

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61.5

0.5

6.3

7.6

0.5

7.6

2007-08 Alabama A&M

29

45.2

00.0

70.1

0.8

4.5

8.8

0.8

10.3

DIV I Totals

85

44.2

00.0

66.0

0.6

4.7

7.0

0.5

7.3

Comments   

0 #1 DaJuan Simmons 2008-06-17 19:53
Awesome shot blocker from a really small school, potential defensive stopper, can use his quickness to leap for rebounds, does a good job of deflecting and challenging shots without fouling. Really thin, and raw on offense, doesn't finish around the rim very well, and is turnover prone, not a good offensive player, but can run the floor well. Is a D-League prospect and could be selected late second round.
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