Beachem Holds Big Ten Offer

The Purdue Boilermakers have already come forward and offered V.J. Beachem, and with his strong play during the season more schools could soon follow suit.

When it comes to natural talent and ability very few wings in the 2013 class possess more of it than V.J. Beachem. The Ft. Wayne (Ind.) Harding forward has the size and athleticism to play all over the floor, and with that he has pulled in a Big Ten offer and is having an excellent sophomore season.

It hasn't been the best season overall for Harding. They are off to a slow start record wise, but Beachem individually has done a good job of leading even though he is an underclassmen.

"I think I've been playing pretty good," said Beachem. "Right now I am averaging 21 points and seven rebounds. I think I can improve and I think our team can improve. We are 3-6 right now and all six games we lost were by less than five points."

The strong start on an individual level has led to more and more interest on the recruiting trail. In fact the schools that tend to make a living recruiting in the state of Indiana are all tracking him closely.

"Butler, Purdue, Indiana, Xavier, Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, and Notre Dame are the schools I am hearing from," listed Beachem.

At this point only the Purdue Boilermakers have offered him a scholarship, and it is a place that he has a family connection to.

"My mom graduated from Purdue so it was a really fun experience," Beachem said. "We as a family were really excited."

Right now Beachem is taking everything slow in the process and is just enjoying it. With things starting to pick up he is simply taking it all in.

"I like it a lot," said Beachem. "It is a really fun experience to know that people want you. Everybody knows who you are, so you have to be ready to play."

While Beachem is a way away from making any college decision, he did decide to join the Eric Gordon AAU program which has players such as Zak Irvin, Collin Hartman, and Basil Smotherman. With so many wings on the roster it is bound to get competitive, but Beachem is looking forward to it.

"Right now I joined their AAU team so I think it will be competitive but we will also have to play together," explained Beachem. "It should be a good experience for me."

Currently Beachem is just taking everything in and researching all the teams involved in his recruitment, but when the time does come for him to make a decision he knows what he will be looking for in a school.

"I am looking for a good coaching staff and a place where I can play immediately," said Beachem. "Overall I also want to play at a place with a good tradition."

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