Aug. 2, 2011
ST. LOUIS - Saint Louis men's basketball announced today that 6-foot-6 forward Grandy Glaze (Toronto, Ontario/Notre Dame Prep) and 6-foot-4 guard Emmanuel Tselentakis (Thessaloniki, Greece/Anatolia College) have agreed to attend the University and play basketball for the Billikens. Both have four years of eligibility beginning with the 2011-12 season.
Glaze spent last season at Notre Dame Prep in Fitchburg, Mass., the same prep school that produced current Billikens Jake Barnett and Jordair Jett. Glaze also attended Proctor Academy in Andover, N.H., and played AAU ball for CIA Bounce and Team Takeover Canada.
"We welcome Grandy to the Saint Louis basketball team as a terrific competitor and an outstanding rebounder," SLU head coach Rick Majerus said. "Grandy is a great young guy whose hard work and tenacity will impress our fans. He really transitions the floor in both directions. Grandy is an out-of-area, go-get-it rebounder who is also an excellent competitor. If he embraces the challenge of wanting to be an outstanding defender, he will feel that need and become an All-League defender as well. He's a nice young man, and on his visit our players and coaching staff were impressed with him even more so as a person than as a player."
Tselentakis (pronounced SELL-in-tah-kiss) just completed play for the Greece National Team in the U-18 Men's European Basketball Championship in Poland. He played in eight games in 11 days during the tourney and helped Greece to four wins, allowing the team to finish high enough in the standings to maintain their Division A status for next year. Tselentakis was sharp from 3-point range in the tournament and finished with a 9.1 scoring average. His best performance was a 16-point outing against the Czech Republic, in which he was 4-of-9 from long range.
"Everyone is extremely excited to bring Emmanuel on board," Majerus said. "First and foremost, Emmanuel is a consummate student-athlete and a phenomenal young man. He comes from an exceptional school in Greece that will have prepared him for the education he will receive at Saint Louis University. He has been playing the last three weeks at a high level at the European championships and will come to St. Louis with the invaluable experience of having played all over the world. Emmanuel is very well-rounded on the court and is a great competitor with a strong defensive instinct."
Glaze and Tselentakis join 6-foot-11 center John Manning (Chantilly, Va./Chantilly) as newcomers to this year's roster. In addition, the Billikens welcome back junior guard Kwamain Mitchell, who redshirted last season, and sophomore guard Barnett, who sat out last year after transferring from Toledo.