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Cox commits to UPEI hoops program

Scotsburn’s Glen Cox recently signed with the UPEI Panthers basketball program, coached by Darrell Glenn, left, and assistant coach Patrick Harvard.
Scotsburn’s Glen Cox recently signed with the UPEI Panthers basketball program, coached by Darrell Glenn, left, and assistant coach Patrick Harvard. - Contributed

SCOTSBURN, N.S. – Glen Cox, a basketball stalwart at Northumberland Regional High School, will join the UPEI Panthers hoops program in the fall. 
“I can’t wait to get to the next level,” said Cox, who starred with theNighthawks for four years and has been part of the Pictou County Lightning program since Grade 7. 
“There’ll be a lot more basketball to play than in high school – a lot more competitive, a lot more intense."
The Scotsburn resident, who will study kinesiology at UPEI, put up a season-high 62 points against the Dr. J.H. Gillis Royals in his final year of high school and routinely scored 30-plus points a game for the ’Hawks.
“He’s a guy who has a variety of ways to put the ball in the net,” said UPEI head coach Darrell Glenn, who had Cox for workouts on two occasions at the Charlottetown school. 
Cox found a comfort level with the UPEI staff during those workouts. 
“I really made a good connection with the coach,” said Cox, who on June 5 was named NRHS's male athlete of the year. 
“I really liked the campus and I thought it was a good fit for me.” 
The coach called Cox a hard-working and extremely competitive player, to go along with his ability to put up big offensive numbers in high school basketball.
“He seems to have a really nice touch around the rim. When he starts to fill out and become more mature physically, he has a chance to be a really special player.”
The Panthers had a young team this past season. As a freshman, Cox will have to fight for playing time at UPEI. 
“We’re never going to say to a recruit ‘here’s how many minutes we’re going to give you’,” said Glenn, “because we believe that’s something you’ve got to earn.”
The Panthers’ coaching staff has put together a workout program for Cox, for strength and conditioning, as well as on-court workouts. The 6-ft. 4-in., 160-pound shooting guard – who hopes to put on 10 pounds the next few months – won’t be content with just sitting on the bench as a freshman. 
“I just want to get as much playing time as a I can, make an impact and become a good player there.”

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