100 YEARS HEROES: Catching Up With Gerald Glass
As part of this season's celebration of the First 100 years of Ole Miss Basketball, OleMissSports.com will be featuring stories and exclusive content throughout the year that look back on some of the great moments, teams and players of the past. The celebration will culminate with the public introduction of the All-Century Team at the Feb. 21 Georgia game.
Few Rebels produced a career highlight reel as dynamic as Gerald Glass. His high-flying antics and 26.1-point scoring average provided some memorable moments for Ole Miss fans and led to a first-round selection in the 1990 NBA Draft. Glass enjoyed an eight-year professional career and has since returned to Oxford to complete his education, as he discusses in the following Q&A.
Q: What are you up to these days?
A: I’m back in school. I’m back to finish my degree, and Coach Kennedy has allowed me to come back and assist with the team.
Q: What are your favorite memories from playing at Ole Miss?
A: Just coming to the games with the fans. Basically just coming out of the locker room and going onto the court. I can’t even describe it. And also some of the guys that I got to play with and play against. It’s some great memories.
Q: What was some of your favorite things about playing professional ball?
A: Wow. Playing against Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and all the legends that I grew up watching. Then since I got to play internationally. I got to play with Isaiah (Thomas) and Dennis Rodman. So it was crazy. I enjoyed every day of it.
Q: Do people recognize you around town or in the classroom?
A: Some people do. Not that many, but some people do. When I go back home, people do. Sometimes around town, the older people will recognize me. Most of the younger people don’t know. The people that do recognize me usually talk about the memories, some of the games I played in, the LSU game (1989) and other things that happened.
Q: Was that LSU game a special moment for you?
A: Oh yes. That is one of the things that people talk about most. They talk about that night that I played against Chris Jackson. We both scored over 50 points, so that was a night to remember.
Q: What is it like being around the current team?
A: It’s great. I love being around these guys. They are just like we were. I just try to be a big brother to them or try to direct them in the right way or give them advice when they need it. I also get on them when they aren’t doing certain things. So I’m enjoying it. I love it.
Q: How has your Ole Miss experience helped you today?
A: It’s just being around good people. When you are around good people all the time, they bring out the best in you. I think I benefit from being here, by being around the great people at Ole Miss and them allowing me to be here.
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