Michael Beasley - 2008

6’8", 220 pound small forward. He says he is set on either going to Charlotte or Syracuse, and isnt really going to consider any other schools. Not sure exactly how good he is, but we have offered him a scholarship and he was only in the EIGHTH GRADE last year, so he must be pretty amazing.

Rivals.com story - Michael Beasley

He’s going to school at IMG Academy in Bradenton but plays for AAU ball for DC Assault. He really did say others can scout him but he will most likely go to Syracuse or Charlotte. I assume he is a Dalonte guy. :thumbsup:

Was ranked the #9 underclassman at the 2004 Adidas Superstar Camp. This kid is going to be (and is) highly recruited, so keeping our paws on this kid for a few years is going to be tough.

[i]Originally posted by 49erblh[/i]@Jul 12 2004, 05:14 PM [b] Was ranked the #9 underclassman at the 2004 Adidas Superstar Camp. This kid is going to be (and is) highly recruited, so keeping our paws on this kid for a few years is going to be tough. [/b]
yikes, this kid must be a STUD. landing him would be huge. there is also the NBA to worry about in addition to "bigger name" schools going after him

update on Beasley: This guy is GOOD…

Man this would be a huge catch if we could land him. He is just a rising freshman, but is lighting it up in the tournaments.

charlotte.rivals: Beasley player profile

Charlotte & Syracuse; Interest Level: HIGH

We need a top 40 target in 2007 and we’ll have the next four years covered:
Gee 2005 - 38
Clark 2006 - 11
Beasley 2008 - should be top 20

[i]Originally posted by LeftyNiner[/i]@Aug 23 2004, 03:23 PM [b] [url=http://charlotte.rivals.com/viewprospect.asp?pr_key=23568&sport=2]charlotte.rivals: Beasley player profile[/url]

Charlotte & Syracuse; Interest Level: HIGH

We need a top 40 target in 2007 and we’ll have the next four years covered:
Gee 2005 - 38
Clark 2006 - 11
Beasley 2008 - should be top 20 [/b]


Beasley commits!!! Per NinerReport. He’s been reclassified to 2007.

[i]Originally posted by LeftyNiner+Sep 2 2004, 02:31 PM-->
[b]QUOTE[/b] (LeftyNiner @ Sep 2 2004, 02:31 PM)

From the Washington Post in June…

[b]Beasley Shows He Is Ready for School
Riverdale Baptist 63, Paul VI Catholic 54

By Jake Schaller
Special to The Washington Post
Monday, June 21, 2004; Page D10

The Riverdale Baptist boys’ basketball program got significantly better in the last several days.

On Friday, Coach Louis Wilson got word that 6-foot-9 rising freshman Michael Beasley would attend the school this fall. Yesterday, with Beasley leading the way, the Crusaders defeated Paul VI Catholic, 63-54, to capture the And 1 High School Basketball Championship’s East Region II title at Run ‘n’ Shoot Athletic Center in District Heights.

With the victory, Riverdale Baptist earned a spot in the national tournament, to be played next weekend at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia.

“This sets the tone for what we’re going to do during the season,” said rising senior point guard Kenny Burkes.

Beasley grew up near Riverdale. He went to the IMG Basketball Academy in Bradenton, Fla., last year but recently decided to come home for high school.

He immediately was inserted into Riverdale’s starting summer lineup, joining three starters from last year’s squad that finished 23-6.

Yesterday, he appeared to fit in seamlessly. He scored a game-high 22 points, had a game-high 18 rebounds (including eight offensive), blocked five shots and had two assists.

“He’s an excellent player, and he still has a lot of room to grow,” Wilson said. “He rebounds the basketball very well, he’s athletic, he plays above the rim, he blocks a lot of shots. He’s going to be a tremendous help for us this coming school year.”

In the Crusaders’ five victories during the tournament, Beasley averaged 17 points and presented a matchup nightmare for opponents. He possesses the ballhandling skills and outside shooting touch of a guard, but with 220 toned pounds on his frame, he also can play inside.

“I usually play the three [small forward] or the two [shooting guard], but I can bang inside,” said Beasley, 15. “I can play all over.”

He showed he could do it all yesterday, scoring on post moves, in transition and from the field, passing the ball to open teammates when he was double-teamed and running the floor.

In addition to Beasley, the Crusaders got standout performances from Burkes (six points, eight assists) and rising junior forward Edwin Bailey (12 points, 11 rebounds). Rising junior Danny Sumner led Paul VI with 18 points.

Beasley opened the second half by banking in a jumper from just outside the lane, then grabbed an offensive rebound and completed a three-point play to spark a 17-6 run that put the Crusaders in front, 45-34.

The Panthers closed to 52-50 after two free throws by rising senior Arthur Dabney with 2 minutes 37 seconds to play, but Riverdale answered with a pair of free throws from Burkes and a thunderous follow-up dunk by Beasley.[/b]

Link: Washington Post

GO NINERS!

Another link…

Maryland Prep Hoops: Michael Beasley


Mr. Beasley

GO NINERS!!!

This is REALLY good news for our program. From everything I’ve read and heard about this kid he is really going to be a superstar. As stated, let’s hope we can keep his as a commit over the next few years.

Wow indeed. Beasley sounds like an incredible player, even at age 15. He’s from the DC area and playing in big games at St. Joes in Philadelphia. Sounds like an A-10 kid to me. What do you say Run? :smiley:

From The Washington Post story:

With the victory, Riverdale Baptist earned a spot in the national tournament, to be played next weekend at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia.

“This sets the tone for what we’re going to do during the season,” said rising senior point guard Kenny Burkes.

Beasley grew up near Riverdale. He went to the IMG Basketball Academy in Bradenton, Fla., last year but recently decided to come home for high school.

[i]Originally posted by LeftyNiner[/i]@Sep 2 2004, 09:51 PM [b]Wow indeed. Beasley sounds like an incredible player, even at age 15. He's from the DC area and playing in big games at St. Joes in Philadelphia. Sounds like an A-10 kid to me. What do you say Run? :D [/b]
Ditto, Lefty. :thumbsup:

GO NINERS!!!

What is interesting is that no other sites are reporting Beasley’s commitment. With the top kids in the country the other recruiting sites are usually all over this type of info, including Rivals main writers.

I don’t doubt JJ at all, but makes me wonder why I haven’t read this anywhere else.