Kaleb Glenn, Louisville basketball commit, on Kenny Payne, prep school

Kaleb Glenn did not waiver in his commitment to Louisville basketball in the wake of the university parting ways with Chris Mack, but the former Male High School star laid out some expectations he had for the person chosen to succeed the coach who offered him a scholarship.

“I just want to build a relationship with the next coach like I had with Coach Mack,” Glenn told The Courier Journal in early February, less than a week after the head coach’s exit.

“I’m big on relationships. I need a good relationship with a coach, to feel like he’s got me and I got him.”

It didn’t take much for Glenn to feel that connection with Kenny Payne.

Kaleb Glenn of the Indy Heat hangs on the rim after dunking the ball during an AAU basketball game Sunday, May 29, 2022, at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky.  A former Male High School star, Glenn has committed to play at U of L.

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Glenn said Payne’s reputation proceeded him before the two first met, especially the relationships Payne has with the NBA stars he developed as an assistant on John Calipari’s staff at Kentucky. Their first interaction, Glenn said, erased what little doubt remained about whether the 55-year-old Mississippi native would be the college coach for him.

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