Junior Profile: Jake Beitinger

The state of Washington has a number of top prospects in the 2004 class. Jake Beitinger, a 6-8 power forward from South Kitsap, is a prominent member of the class...

Jake Beitinger, 6-8 JR PF Port Orchard (Wash.) South Kitsap, is a very good young post prospect. He's well put together, with excellent hands and feet. Beitinger moves very well, he can step outside to around eighteen feet and he's a good passer. With continued development, he projects as a solid high major player.

We spoke with Beitinger recently and asked about the schools that are of interest to him. "A lot of schools are sending mail," Beitinger said. "The ones that interest me right now are Oklahoma, Washington, Oregon and New Mexico."

Beitinger told us that New Mexico, Oregon and Washington have all been out to his high school.

He listed Duke as the school he admired most when growing up. "Mostly because of Coach K," Beitinger said. "He just seemed like the ideal coach."

When asked about the issues he'd consider when making his choice, Beitinger said, "the area is not a big thing -- I'm not really looking at the environment. It will be more about the tradition of the school, the coach and how they rank academically. I do want to play, so playing time will be a factor also."

We asked him if playing at the highest level possible would be an issue. "Winning is a priority," said Beitinger. "So, yeah, I guess going to a school that has a chance to win would be a factor."

Beitinger doesn't anticipate making an early decision. "I'll go to the camps, go through the summer, and then make a decision after I've taken some trips," said Beitinger.

Beitinger told us that he has a 3.7 GPA and he has yet to receive his results from the PSAT.

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