Beasley Talks About His Situation

Michael Beasley, the nation's second ranked player in the Class of 2007, has been a lightning rod for attention lately. When Beasley isn't out getting it done on the court, the talk about his future college seemingly never ends.

Even when he was firmly committed to Charlotte, the whispers were out there. Can Michael Beasley, a 6-foot-8 stud power forward out of Oak Hill, really pick Charlotte over the rest of the country without taking some visits?

Though public and on the record, Beasley's commitment was always called into question. And then it happened: Dalonte Hill, a former Charlotte assistant, took the Kansas State job and the floodgates of speculation burst wide open.

Before we get into what's going on, it's important to understand the dynamics of the relationship between Beasley and Hill, his mentor and former coach with D.C. Assault.

"It's been going on since I was 11 years old," Beasley said of his relationship with Hill. "We used to be in the gym together playing horse. We've had a bond since then and when he went to Charlotte that's where I wanted to go. He's a mentor and he's also a great coach."

The relationship was (and still is) strong enough to get Beasley to commit to the Atlantic 10 program without even paying much lip service to anyone else. However, now that bond is about to be tested. Hill was named one of Bob Huggins' assistants at K-State.

"I might want to follow him to Kansas State but I'm not really 100% on that," Beasley said.

Kansas State. Not exactly what Beasley probably had in mind given his stature as a player, where he's from on the East Coast and the lack of big time basketball history on the part of the Wildcats.

However, because of Hill they are in there even if Beasley isn't sure what the mascot of the program is. "I know they're purple and white," he cracked, intent on learning more about them each step along the way.

For the most part, it's just assumed that Beasley will pack and up and follow Hill to the Big 12. However, the power forward termed it "complicated."

"As of now I'm still a Charlotte 49er but I have another year left and anything can happen."

Beasley admitted to being shocked when he heard that Huggins settled in at Kansas State. He'll tell you it won't be an easy decision. Part of the process is dealing with Charlotte coach Bobby Lutz. The veteran leader lost a coveted assistant and now he's got a wavering recruit on his hands. It's a tough spot to be thrust into.

"It's hard but he handled it very well. He came to Oak Hill. He's not putting no pressure on me to come there. Whatever I do he's behind me 100%. He's not putting any pressure on me. He told me Charlotte still loves me. Wherever I want to go and hopefully he wants it to be Charlotte but he's behind me 100%."

Beasley said that he's also looking at other programs. From schools that were in the Final Four to places like Louisville and Connecticut, he's taking a peek. "(Hill's move) opened up a lot of doors for me to look around and see what else is out there."

As for Hill himself, he's clearly stated his position.

"Dalonte told me to follow my heart and do what's best for me."


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