2007's Beasley Picks Charlotte

When we first put out our 2007 rankings, we told you that Michael Beasley would be the No. 2 prospect in America is in fact he reclassified as a 2007 recruit. Well, Beasley is a sophomore and apparently he's a committed one too.

Bobby Lutz better be a good defender because he's got three years worth of defense to play in regards to 6-foot-7 sophomore forward Michael Beasley. According to Beasley's AAU coach, Curtis Malone, Beasley is committed to the Charlotte 49ers.

The 49ers had a tremendous recruiting advantage in regards to Beasley. One of their assistants, Dalonte Hill, is a former player and assistant coach with the D.C. Assault.

Beasley is the top rated player (Rodney White being a close second) that we can remember the 49ers ever landing and is considered a contender to go straight to the NBA out of high school.

Beasley was the co-MVP of Super 64 in July when his team captured the Elite 36 in Las Vegas. Aside from O.J. Mayo, you won't find a prospect as gifted as Beasley. He's a true outside-inside guy with size, skills and range on his jumper.

Last season, Beasley starred Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy where he was listed as an 8th grader. This fall, he was reclassified into his current grade and is a sophomore at Riverdale Baptist … sort of.

According to Malone, Beasley is getting home schooled this year along with Assault teammate Nolan Smith. The pair will do their work in the classroom at home but lace them up for Riverdale Baptist on the hardwood.

"When you do the home school you can play at different schools throughout the area that accept home schoolers," Malone said. "Riverdale is one of them and Nolan will be there too."

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