Beckham Weighs His Options

Antiquawn Beckham, who moved from Kentucky to attend a prep school in New Hampshire, is trying to prove he's worthy of high major offers. The talented guard is getting better and coaches are taking notice.

The road has been a little different for Antiquawn "Twanny" Beckham. The 6-foot-5 guard originally signed a letter of intent to play at IUPUI, but he decided to go to a prep school in hopes of picking up a high major offer.

The former Louisville (Ky.) Ballard standout is now at New Hampton (N.H.) School working on his game and trying to find the right fit in a college.

Thus far the move has been a success. He's improving and college coaches are taking notice of his game. He's picked up scholarship offers from Northern Iowa, Wichita State, Ball State, Ohio and Louisiana-Monroe. Virginia, St. Johns, South Florida, Penn State and Tulsa are also keeping tabs on the combo guard.

Visits seem to be the next step for Beckham. This past weekend he took a trip to one of the schools on his list and another is working to get him on campus as well.

"I took a visit this weekend to Louisiana-Monroe," Beckham said. "It was fine. They are in the Sun Belt conference and they are losing their point guard next year, so I could come in and play right away."

"I was going to take a visit to Witchita State, but they wanted me to commit on my visit," he continued. "I didn't know if I wanted to commit or not, so I decided to wait on that visit."

Despite the recent attention from a number of solid mid-major programs, Beckham hasn't found what he's looking for yet. He mentioned that last year he made his decision too early and he didn't want to do that again.

"Me and coach have been talking and what I'm looking for hasn't really come up," Beckham said. "I'm thinking I'm going to wait it out and just play the season out."

Interest in the talented guard could continue to grow if his season turns out as well as planned. Beckham has improved his ball handling and most notably his outside shot.

"I think I've been playing the best I've ever played," he said. "I've improved so much. I've improved a lot. I've really got my game together and I think I'm going to have a good season."

"I've been shooting the ball well. I've been working on it a lot in the gym with my coach. I've been trying to mix it up and work on my jumper. I've been scoring the ball a lot better, I feel like a different player."

Beckham will get a chance to prove his worth, as he'll play against some of the best competition in the country. New Hampton's season kicks off on November 9th against Maine Central Institute. A week later they'll play in the National Prep School Tournament against Lenoir (N.C.) Patterson Prep.

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