Harwich's Glenn Rose reflects on Jaeden Greenleaf beating the Cape's high-scoring record

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Bob Driscoll, Glenn Rose, Christian Messersmith and Jaeden Greenleaf.

They stand as the Cape Cod basketball version of Mount Rushmore when it comes to high-scoring careers.

Driscoll, who played through the late 1950s and early '60s for Bourne High School, became the first-ever 1,000-point scorer when he finished his career with 1,427 points at the time of his 1961 graduation.

That mark would last only one year, when Rose surpassed it with a career high 1,594 points following his senior season in 1962 at Harwich High School. The Rose record stood for 35 seasons until Chatham’s Messersmith finished with 1,705 in 2006.

This past season, Greenleaf set the new standard and became only the second player in Cape Cod basketball history to surpass 2,000 points (along with Falmouth Academy’s Kendall Currence) after he ended his career with 2,329 points for Cape Cod Academy.

Glenn Rose, left, after the Cape Cod Academy game against Carver in the MIAA Div. 5 round of 32 basketball game on March 4.
Glenn Rose, left, after the Cape Cod Academy game against Carver in the MIAA Div. 5 round of 32 basketball game on March 4.

Of the four Cape record holders, Rose uniquely connects them all. He played against Driscoll while in high school. He coached Messersmith at Chatham. And for the past five years, he has stood on the sidelines watching his own son, Adam, coach Greenleaf for the Seahawks.

“Jaeden is a true shooter, and he shot well from anywhere on the court,” said Rose, now 78. “He took the ball inside and pretty much lived inside. He was physically strong and his mentality was to go out there and score. He’s a very special person.”

What happened to Glenn Rose after setting the record?

Rose graduated in 1962, but never spent a lot of time dwelling on his point total while playing for basketball coach Charlie Dunbar and the Harwich High Rough Riders.

“We really didn’t follow how many points we had back then. We just enjoyed playing basketball and didn’t really care who scored,” he said. “I was quite surprised when I found out later how many points I had scored.”

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He recalled going up against Bourne’s Driscoll, who had been the Cape’s leading scorer the year before he set the mark.

“Bobby Driscoll could shoot. He was a pure shooter,” Rose said. “Our game was fun back then. We didn’t care who scored, we just wanted to have fun.”

Jaeden Greenleaf of Cape Cod Academy puts up a shot past Jaheem Ramsay of Barnstable in a December 2021 game in Hyannis.
Jaeden Greenleaf of Cape Cod Academy puts up a shot past Jaheem Ramsay of Barnstable in a December 2021 game in Hyannis.

While players of today see their point total increased by the benefit of the three-point shot, it was not that way during his playing days.

“Back then, it wasn’t the running game it is today, it was more of a controlled offense,” Glenn said. “If we would have had the three-point shot, I would have been happy because most of my shots were from the outside.”

After high school, Rose attended Emporia State University in Kansas for coach Gus Fish, placing fourth in the NAIA national tournament in 1964. He was a Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference All-Conference selection for the 1965-66 season and is a member of the college’s hall of fame.

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He returned to the Cape, where he spent 42 years in education as a physical education and world history teacher at Harwich High for 33 years. He moved on to Chatham High, where he coached for seven more seasons.

In all, seven of the players he coached reached the 1,000-point plateau.

At Harwich, he coached Rick Roderick (1990), Chad Kodak (1991), Paul Gonsalves (1996), Dana Callahan (2000) and his son, Adam (2002).

“Dana was great; he didn’t care about scoring, he just loved to play,” said Rose, who added, “Adam played the game the way you’re supposed to. He was unselfish.”

After his son's graduation, Rose moved over to coach at Chatham where two more of his players, Messersmith (2006) and Steve Thomas (2011) also reached the grand total.

Messersmith wound up passing his coach in 2006 as the Cape’s all-time leading scorer at the time.

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“I was happy for Christian because, really, I hated to be compared to other people,” said Rose.

For the past five years, Rose has been a regular visitor to his son’s practices and games at Cape Cod Academy.

“Adam was always beside me when he was younger, and then when he played,” Rose said. “He knew how to coach even back then. I’m very proud of what he’s done over there.”

Mike Richard can be contacted by email at mikerichard0725@gmail.com.

Top Scorers – All Time – Cape and Islands Boys Basketball

Points; Player; High school year

2329 Jaeden Greenleaf Cape Cod Academy 2022

1705 Christian Messersmith Chatham 2006

1594 Glenn Rose Harwich 1962

1585 Jacob Ashworth Bourne 2017

1578 Rick Roderick Harwich 1990

1534 Joey Downes Sandwich 2015

1517 Dom Richmond Cape Cod Tech 2009

1507 Zach Luster Provincetown 2011

1495 Frank Reis Provincetown 1971

1486 Glen Santos Nantucket 1967

1440 Devaun Ford Mashpee 2018

1427 Bob Driscoll Bourne 1961

1410 Freeman Perry Cape Cod Tech 2007

1395 Charlie Campbell Nauset 2017

1362 Peter Keaney Martha’s Vineyard 2012

1361 Mickey Fein Barnstable 1995

1349 Zachary Tobias Provincetown 2010

1311 Kevin Reed Dennis-Yarmouth 1999

1301 Justin Sullivan Cape Cod Tech 2003

1298 Steve Thomas Chatham 2011

1297 Glenn DaSilva Nantucket 1972

1297 Peter Morris Provincetown 2002

1268 Doyle Eldredge Chatham 1992

1266 Bobby Joy Nauset 2020

1264 Ron Brown Martha’s Vineyard 1975

1259 Amaury Bannister Martha’s Vineyard 1973

1259 Jason Smith Bourne 2003

1244 Paul Gonsalves Harwich 1996

1237 Jacob Tobey Sturgis East 2015

1234 Billy Pina Cape Cod Tech 2003

1233 Scott Menegas Provincetown 1998

1219 Jim Rawl Nauset 1969

1215 Thomas Avilas Falmouth Academy 2012

1205 Anthony Saunders Nantucket 1997

1189 Brian McDonald Falmouth 1991

1188 Mike Sykes Sandwich 1985

1183 Dennis Fisher Barnstable 1988

1173 Dana Wilson Dennis-Yarmouth 1968

1169 Mike Pazakis Cape Cod Academy 1990

1166 Mike O’Brien Barnstable 1975

1141 Derin Gildersleeve Bourne 2005

1139 Luke Jackett Provincetown 1997

1138 Chris White Nauset 1994

1131 Dana Callahan Harwich 2000

1123 John Colley Provincetown 1964

1113 Adam Rose Harwich 2002

1107 Nelson Baptiste Falmouth 2011

1106 Joe Lopes Mashpee 2008

1093 Jordan Ferreira Nantucket 2008

1090 Devan Harrison St. John Paul II 2018

1081 Mychael Andrews Falmouth 1995

1075 Samuel Johnson Cape Cod Academy 2003

1067 Jade Cash Martha’s Vineyard 1992

1057 Shaun Fein Barnstable 1996

1056 Ken Dorr Barnstable 1971

1052 Peter Bosma Bourne 1998

1027 Adam O’Donnell Falmouth 2007

1026 Dave Tamasi Falmouth Academy 1990

1016 Eli Harris Falmouth 2018

1008 Chad Kodak Harwich 1991

1004 Larry Sylvia Martha’s Vineyard 1967

1003 Bob Jones Nauset 1967

1001 Steve Oliver Nauset 1975

This article originally appeared on Cape Cod Times: Glenn Rose, Jaeden Greenleaf both set high-scoring basketball records