Mickell Gladness

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Mickell Gladness
Mickell Gladness Heat.jpg
No. 32 – Townsville Crocodiles
Position Center
League NBL
Personal information
Born (1986-07-26) July 26, 1986 (age 28)
Birmingham, Alabama
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
Listed weight 230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
High school Sylacauga (Sylacauga, Alabama)
College Lawson State CC (2004–2005)
Alabama A&M (2005–2008)
NBA draft 2008 / Undrafted
Pro career 2008–present
Career history
2008–2009 Matrixx Magixx (Netherlands)
20092011 Rio Grande Valley Vipers (D-League)
2011 Dakota Wizards (D-League)
2011–2012 Miami Heat
2012 Golden State Warriors
2012–2013 Santa Cruz Warriors (D-League)
2013–2014 Reno Bighorns (D-League)
2014–present Townsville Crocodiles (Australia)
Career highlights and awards

Mickell Jawaun Gladness (born July 26, 1986) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Townsville Crocodiles of the Australian National Basketball League (NBL). Gladness grew up in Alabama, played college basketball at Lawson State Community College and Alabama A&M University, and began his professional career in the Netherlands after going undrafted in the 2008 NBA draft. In 2011, Gladness debuted in the NBA with the Miami Heat.

Early life[edit]

Gladness was born in Birmingham, Alabama and grew up in Sylacauga. He attended Sylacauga High School from 2000–2004.[1]

College career[edit]

In his first and only season playing basketball for Lawson State Community College, Gladness averaged modest numbers with 3.1 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game.[1] Gladness transferred to Alabama A&M for the remaining three years of his college eligibility. At Alabama A&M, Gladness majored in business management.[2]

Due to NCAA rules where a player does not have to sit out one full season if he or she transfers up a division (in this case, from a community college up to Division I) Gladness was able to begin playing immediately as a true sophomore in 2005–06. He appeared in 26 games and blocked 77 shots.[2] It was in his junior season, however, that Gladness made a name for himself in college basketball. Playing in 30 games, Gladness rose out of seemingly nowhere to lead the nation in blocked shots per game at 6.3, with an adjusted-per-40 minutes rate of 7.9 bpg.[1][2] He set an NCAA Division I single game record with 16 blocks against Texas Southern on February 24, 2007.[1][2] No other player in Division I history has even recorded 15 blocks in a single game.[1][2] Despite showing similar statistics otherwise, Gladness' blocks per game average dropped to 4.5 for his senior year.[1][2] It is speculated that opposing players now knew of his shot-blocking ability and avoided getting too close for him to block their shots.[1][2] Although he did not repeat as the NCAA season shots blocked leader, he did graduate having blocked 396 shots in only three seasons of Division I basketball, which was good enough to be in the all-time top 25 when he graduated.[1][2] In his final two seasons, Gladness was a first team All-Southwestern Athletic Conference selection.[1][2]

Professional career[edit]

Gladness went undrafted in the 2008 NBA draft. In July 2008, he signed a two-year deal with Matrixx Magixx of the Netherlands.[2][3] In 2009, Gladness opted out of the second year of his two-year contract with Matrixx.[2]

In November 2009, he was acquired by the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. He joined the Miami Heat for the 2010 NBA Summer League. On September 27, 2010, he signed with the Heat. However, he was later waived on October 11, 2010.[4] On October 30, 2010, he was re-acquired by the Vipers.[4] On January 24, 2011, he was waived by the Vipers. On January 29, he was acquired by the Dakota Wizards. On March 19, 2011, he was waived by the Wizards.[4]

In November 2011, he was re-acquired by the Dakota Wizards. On December 9, 2011, he signed with the Miami Heat. On February 7, 2012, he was waived by the Heat.[5] On February 11, Gladness signed a 10-day contract with the Heat. On February 28, he signed a second 10-day contract with the Heat.[4]

On March 22, 2012, he signed a 10-day contract with the Golden State Warriors.[6] On April 1, 2012, he signed with the Warriors for the rest of the 2011–12 season.[7]

On September 7, 2012, Gladness re-signed with the Miami Heat.[8] However, he was later waived on October 21, 2012.[9]

On November 28, 2012, Gladness was acquired by the Santa Cruz Warriors.[10]

In September 2013, he signed with the Orlando Magic.[11] However, he was waived on October 25, 2013.[12] On December 10, 2013, the Santa Cruz Warriors traded Gladness' right to the Reno Bighorns.[13]

On June 12, 2014, he signed with the Townsville Crocodiles for the 2014–15 NBL season.[14]

NBA career statistics[edit]

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit]

2011–12 Miami 8 0 3.5 .333 .000 .000 1.4 .3 .1 .1 .3
2011–12 Golden State 18 7 12.4 .429 .000 .500 2.6 .2 .2 1.1 3.0
Career 26 7 9.7 .424 .000 .500 2.2 .2 .2 .8 2.2

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Mickell Gladness". TheDraftReview.com. Retrieved December 11, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Mickell Gladness". NBA.com. Retrieved December 11, 2013. 
  3. ^ Young, LaVonte (July 29, 2010). "Gladness playing for Miami Heat in Summer League". DailyHome.com. Retrieved August 23, 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Mickell Gladness Player Profile". RealGM.com. RealGM, L.L.C. Retrieved December 11, 2013. 
  5. ^ "HEAT Request Waivers on Mickell Gladness". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. February 7, 2012. Retrieved February 7, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Warriors Sign Free Agent Center Mickell Gladness To 10-Day Contract". NBA.com. March 22, 2012. Retrieved December 11, 2013. 
  7. ^ Warriors Sign Mickell Gladness For Remainder Of Season
  8. ^ Miami Heat sign Jarvis Varnado and Mickell Gladness
  9. ^ HEAT Waive Dozier and Gladness
  10. ^ Santa Cruz Warriors Add Maurice Baker And Mickell Gladness
  11. ^ Magic Sign Osby, Four Others; Prepare for Camp
  12. ^ Magic Waive Four Players; Roster Trimmed to 15
  13. ^ Bighorns Aquire Mickell Gladness in Three Team Trade
  14. ^ Crocs sign import center Mickell Gladness

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