Chicago (Ill.) Marshall star Patrick Beverley – currently on an official recruiting visit to Arkansas with his mom Lisa - said Saturday afternoon that he has decided where he wants to go college.
He'll likely let everybody else in on that decision in a few days.
"I will probably let everyone know in two or three days at the most," Beverley said. "I think it's going to be the right place for me."
Beverley, who averaged 34 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists this past season, will announce a decision between Arkansas and Michigan, where he visited earlier this spring.
He admits to getting off the plane about 20 miles from Fayetteville, seeing some cattle grazing and wondering what Northwest Arkansas was all about before driving into what is now a thriving area that has over 200,000 people.
"When I first got down here I thought it was real country like, a lot of cows and horses," Beverley said, "but I have been shocked at how much of a city life there actually is here. It is actually quite similar to where I live in Chicago. I have really been surprised by Arkansas, had a lot of fun and really enjoyed myself here."
Beverley has spent time with current Razorback junior star Ronnie Brewer, who is pondering whether to declare for the NBA draft or not.
"I chilled with him yesterday and today and he's just a great guy and a great player," Beverley said. "I would love for him to come back and play and be on the same team with him. But I would say it's like a win-win situation for me. Either I get to play with him and the spotlight will be on him while everybody else does their thing to help or he goes and we all just get it done together with who is left."
Brewer, future UA point guard and Mississippi State transfer Gary Ervin and Beverley all worked out together during a break in the Real Deal on the Hill AAU tournament as a lot of fans looked on from the stands.
"It was fun working out with those guys," Beverley said. "I think we could all play really well together."
That came after going to the Arkansas-Kentucky baseball game for a few innings Friday night, to UA coach Stan Heath's to eat, to see some of the AAU tournament and Saturday visiting with UA faculty members and attending the UA Red-White football scrimmage.
""There's been a lot going on here and it is just a great college town with a great atmosphere. You can tell the fans really want me to come here. They have been letting me know that everywhere I've gone. I've been feeling the love."
Just as Michigan let him know how important he is to its recruiting efforts, Beverley says Arkansas has done the same thing.
"The coaches are telling me all they need is a shooter and that I would be the last piece of the puzzle to make a deep, deep run in the NCAA Tournament," Beverley said. "I know for me as a freshman the opportunity to play is there. I will just have to come in and earn it and take advantage of that opportunity by working my butt off."
Beverley had 13 points and 6 assists in last Sunday's Roundball Classic – an all-star event featuring the best players the country that happened to be played in his hometown.
"I just wanted to go out there, have fun and prove I could play with the best," Beverley said. "I think I did really well. Everybody got to see the strides I made from my junior year to my senior year. I think I had more fun than anybody else."
Ironically, Beverley's coach in the event was former UA track star, walk on basketball player and Olympic gold medalist Mike Conley, whose son will play at Ohio State next season.
"It was funny," Beverley said. "He didn't know that Arkansas was recruiting me. He started naming all these schools that he thought my style would fit with. I asked him which college he used to go to and he said that he used to run for Arkansas and I told him that was one of the schools that I was thinking about.. He told me ‘forget what I just told you about the other schools because you need to go to Arkansas.' He just told me about how great the people and fans were and how great it was for him."
Beverley, who some have described as the best unsigned 2006 guard prospect, is happy the process is coming to a close.
"I have met a lot of great people and seen some nice places," Beverley said. "Now I'll just let everybody know where I am going to go and start thinking about getting it done on the college level."
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