Beverly Is Big East Bound

Signing day brought closure to Donnell Beverly's recruitment. The West Coast guard is taking his improving game back East.

The Connecticut Huskies went across the country to nab a point guard from a program known for producing late blooming talent. Lawndale (Calif.) Leuzinger High, home to stars like Dorell Wright and Russell Westbrook, cranked out another one this year.

Donnell Beverly, a 6-foot-4 point guard, is headed to Connecticut after looking at LSU and having Kentucky call in on him as recently as this week.

"It's an opportunity to play at the highest level and have a chance to pursue the ultimate dream," Leuzinger High coach Reggie Morris said. "I know that's the best place for him as far as who was involved. He hit it off with Coach LaFleur and Coach Calhoun."

Beverly averaged 19 points, 8 dimes and 8 rebounds this season but somehow managed to fly below the West Coast radar. However, UConn sent Jim Calhoun out to see him and the Huskies fell in love with him as a player and person. Still, Morris was a bit taken back by the lack of local recruiting of his guard.

"It bothered me until this moment. No one out West bothered to recruit him. If nothing more he's got great size, a good kid and he's a guy you have to see more than one time. If you don't want a true playmaking point guard then maybe he's not your cup of tea.

"Some think he's got all these flaws but he can put the ball in the hole and he can defend. He's a tough kid. We all feel kind of slighted by the fact that nobody close to us decided to jump in. It'll only be fuel to use to his advantage."

Like Wright and Westbrook before him, Beverly exits Leuzinger with his best basketball ahead of him.

"He's done everything I've asked him to do and he's a much better player than he was in even December," Morris said.


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