Beverley's Visits

Updated story on Chicago prep basketball star Patrick Beverley (6-2, 175), who shot 55 percent from 3-point range while averaging a city-best 34 points per game this season and will now visit Arkansas on April 14-16

With one of his three official visits this spring already done, Chicago Marshall prep star Patrick Beverley still doesn't have a favorite.

He just knows that he is going to examine the University of Arkansas and Michigan - where he visited officially this past week - and then make a decision.

"All three are very good schools with very good basketball programs and I think I could come in and make an impact early," Beverley said Saturday night. "I just have to look them all over and then make the best choice."

Beverley (6-2, 175), a combo guard who led the city of Chicago in scoring this season at 34 points a game while also grabbing 7 rebounds, dishing out 6 assists and racking up 6 steals per contest, has scheduled his other two visits.

He will first play in the Roundball Classic in his hometown on April 9, then visit has his last visit reserved for Arkansas April 14-16.

"I'm looking forward to getting down there (Fayetteville) and checking it all out," Beverley said. "Arkansas is in great shape with me."

The Razorbacks (22-10) - the only one of his three schools left to make the NCAA Tournament this season - are losing three senior guards and could also see junior Ronnie Brewer jump to the NBA.

"I know all about Ronnie Brewer and how he's likely going to the NBA and all that," Beverley said. "The Arkansas coaches think that I can come in there and help them out, especially if he does end up jumping to the NBA."

The fact that he shot 55 percent from 3-point range this past season is certainly a weapon that Arkansas - who is slated to have six guys 6-8 are over on its roster next season - would love to add to the mix along with an already solid recruiting class and Mississippi State transfer point guard Gary Ervin.

"He is a pure a shooter as there is and I think he is the best player in the state of Illinois," Marshall head coach Lamont Bryant said. "When you shoot 55 percent from 3-point range, that tells you all you need to know about his outside shooting, but he also can get to the rim and does a great job getting his teammates involved by distributing the ball."

Beverley, who originally committed to Toledo before opening back up his recruiting, led Marshall to a 33-4 mark this season and to a third place finish in Illinois' tough Class 2A state tournament.

The Commandos fell to eventual state champ Simeon 69-55 in the semifinals.

"We had a great year, but I thought we should have won it all and that's what our goal was," Beverley said. "That last loss when we were so close was hard to take."

Beverley did pour in 33 points in his final game - an 85-60 bashing of Thornwood in which he scored 27 points in the second half - in a season where he was over 40 points on eight different occasions.

"I felt like I had a good year as both a player and a leader," Beverley said. "But it still hurts because I think we should have won it all."

Beverley made it to Michigan (21-10) for the Wolverines' 71-65 home win over Miami (Fla.) on Thursday night, a win before 8,817 fans which clinched a trip to New York City for the NIT Final Four.

Michigan is trying to win its second NIT title in three years.

"It was a very good visit and I really enjoyed it," Beverley said. "I feel like the coaching staff are good people and they made it clear I was someone who could help them right away. But I really ust don't have a favorite right now until I get through will the visits."


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