Beasley reels in offers, wants to take visits

Malik Beasley won a state title as a junior and appears primed for a big spring and summer with the Georgia Stars. caught up with the talented guard at The Elite Preview this past weekend.

Malik Beasley's junior season was a success. The 6-foot-4 guard averaged 19.1 points and 2.4 assists a game, while helping Alpharetta (Ga.) St. Francis to a state championship.

"I did real well," Beasley said about his junior season. "I had 25 and 8 rebounds in the championship."

"Of course I want to get better so I want to get my assists higher and get more steals," he added. "I averaged 22 points in the playoffs and 10 rebounds and three steals a game. I'm trying to get better."

A skilled scorer, Beasley is a solid athlete that can score points in a variety of ways. This past weekend at The Elite Preview he scored off strong drives to the rim and hit mid-range pull-ups with consistency.

Beasley described himself as a leader.

"I like to lead my team," he said. "I like to cut to the hole. I'm a rebounder. I'm a 6-4 guard that can rebound, so that's always good. I don't give up on plays. I play hard every play."

"I can score off rebounding, cutting, off the dribble and threes," Beasley said. "I'm a good scorer. I learned a lot from my dad."

Beasley said his father played professionally in the Dominican Republic and in Chile. Like any other player there are areas for improvements. Beasley said ball handling and strength are two areas he's working on.

"Right now I'm working on my ball handling because if I'm not growing I got to be able to handle the ball well," he said. "I'm always working on my weaknesses. I've been hitting the weight room a lot. I used to be real skinny."

Beasley has reeled in quite a bit of college attention lately. He currently holds scholarship offers from Cincinnati, Virginia Tech, UAB, George Mason, Georgia Southern and Georgia State.

"Georgia said they are going to offer, but they are waiting to finish up with the 2014 class," Beasley said. "Georgia Tech, I really don't talk to them that much. They have Tadric [Jackson] and kind of already are building."

Alabama, Vanderbilt, Richmond and Virginia are also showing strong interest in Beasley. Beasley said Alabama and Cincinnati have prioritized him.

"Alabama texts me a lot," Beasley said. "I like coach [John] Brannen."

"They hit me up before they play and they hit me up when I'm about to play," he said about Cincinnati. "It's amazing how their coaches are always there."

What sticks out to Beasley about the Bearcats?

"They are a great school and one of the tops in the country," he said. "I like the way they play fast and with pace, scoring and picking roll."

To date, Beasley has taken unofficial visits to Virginia, Richmond, George Mason and Virginia Tech.

"I'm going to Cincinnati soon," Beasley said. "I'm going to go to a bunch of colleges, Vanderbilt too."

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