Alexis Glasgow to transfer from Northwestern to University of Pennsylvania
A native of Arlington Heights, Ill., freshman guard Alexis Glasgow was a key piece of Northwestern women’s basketball coach Joe McKeown’s recruiting class for this past season. Glasgow played a small role in 10 games for the Wildcats, but in April, decided to transfer from the program to attend the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, according to John Leusch of the Daily Herald.
Leusch reported back on April 27th that the Rolling Meadows High School grad would be leaving Northwestern and heading east to play for the Penn Quakers, mainly due to her desire to study undergraduate business, which NU does not offer. Of course, Penn has the Wharton School, which is consistently one of the top business schools in the United States.
The news of Glasgow’s transfer went somewhat under the radar for awhile, but it shouldn’t come as a huge surprise, considering how lightly she was used in her freshman season (just 34 total minutes) and how far down on the guard depth chart she probably was with all of the Wildcats’ backcourt returners. Still, it hurts McKeown to see a Chicagoland recruit decide to leave Illinois completely to play in the lesser Ivy League.
Glasgow showed some promise in her limited minutes, but her departure comes at a position of depth for the Wildcats, so they’re still positioned well for the 2015-16 season. Starters Ashley Deary and Maggie Lyon will be back as will Christen Inman. Additionally, lightly used reserves Lydia Rohde, Nof Kedem and others are still with Northwestern, providing young, developing options off the bench. Only senior guard Karly Roser and center Alex Cohen are graduating this month.
In my opinion, the reasons for transfers that I have seen, in decreasing order of acceptability:
1) Transfer to another school due to (un)availability of a desired major.
2) Transfer to another school to be closer to family.
Bottom) Transfer to another school for more prospects of playing time.