Beverly has five offers

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- 2016 point guard Braxton Beverly, of Hazard (Ky.) Perry County Central, holds five scholarship offers and has interest from a number of others.

One of Kentucky's best guard prospects – Braxton Beverly – played at Lexington (Ky.) Catholic against Simon Kenton in the Goodfellas Pizzeria Shootout this past weekend.

With a Kentucky assistant looking on, Beverly, a 5-foot-10 point, 165-pound point guard, performed well, scoring 23 points and tossing out seven assists in a double-digit win.

"I think I played pretty good," Beverly told "I had a pretty good showing for myself."

Beverly is known for his impressive ball skills and passing ability, but this year he's being asked to score more.

"In the past I've always been so young, I was just asked to run the offense and get a few buckets here and there," he said. "But now the older I'm getting, the more offense I'm developing and I'm looking to be one the top or second scorer behind Justin [Johnson].

In the summer Beverly played with the Kentucky Travelers 17's team in the EYBL. He averaged over 20 minutes a game, helped lead the Travelers to Peach Jam and tossed out 3.5 assists to just one turnover a game.

"It went great," he said about playing with the Travelers. "I loved it. It's a heck of an experience. It showed me what's really out there. It helped me improve my game. It showed me all the weaknesses I need to work on and my strengths that I need to continue to work on."

"Going into this year I wanted to mostly improve my defense," Beverly added. "That's probably always been my biggest downfall. I do think this year I've improved that a lot with playing against the top guys and having to guard guys like Tyus Jones and Tyler Ulis."

Having played up on the EYBL circuit, Beverly is well known by college coaches and he already has a handful of scholarship offers.

"Right now I have five offers from Western, Northern Kentucky, Samford, Cleveland State and Marshall," he said. "I've also had contact from Creighton, Tennessee, Alabama and I've also heard from a few other schools like Kentucky has talked about me. West Virginia has talked about me."

Beverly has taken unofficial visits to Western Kentucky and Marshall. His trip to Western Kentucky was last year with his high school teammate and current WKU signee Justin Johnson.

"I liked it pretty good," Beverly said. "I went when Justin went too. He already knew everybody so it kind of helped me out and showed me where everything was."

Beverly's trip to Marshall was prior to entering high school.

"That was pretty good," Beverly said. "I went my eighth grade year to that with a kid that transferred down here from New York. He got an offer from there and we went and played with them. That was fun too."

Is anyone prioritizing Beverly early?

"Marshall has kind of said that," he said. "Western has kind of said that, but right now I'm just worried about working on my game. I have two and a half years. I just want to keep improving the best I can."

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