INDIANAPOLIS (IN) - Butler continues to search the country for sophomore and junior prospects to start recruiting. During the spring and summer the Bulldog coaching staff made their presence felt at a number of AAU events. One player in the class of 2016 has started to make an impression on schools around the country after his performance at the EYBL Peach Jam Finals was 2016 point guard Braxton Beverly.
"It was a great experience," Beverly explained about the Peach Jam. "You are going up against the best players in the country game in and game out. You always have to play your best. I think it really helped me a lot."
Playing up two age groups Beverly is using the experience, with the Kentucky Travelers at Peach Jam, as a spring-board into the fall, and schools have begun to take notice of the Hazard (KY) Perry County guard.
With offers in hand, Beverly is beginning to take a closer look at the other schools that are recruiting him the hardest. One of those schools is Cuonzo Martin and the Tennessee Volunteers.
"I plan on taking one to Tennessee soon," Beverly said. "That's the only one I know of for sure right now. They jumped on me early. My 7th grade year after playing in the state tournament they kind of jumped on me. I have been to a few of their camps and I like it down there. I get along with the coaches really good."
Another school that had checked in with Beverly in the spring, during his play with the Travelers ,was Butler. The Bulldogs have made an impression on Beverly with their success over the past few years and he would like to hear from the Bulldogs more.
"I haven't recently, but one of their coaches has come to watch me play a few times," Beverly said. "An offer definitely would interest me. They weren't one of the biggest schools out there, but after they made that big run in the NCAA tournament a couple of years ago, everyone knows who they are."
As the season approaches, Beverly and his teammates are getting focus on making it further in the Kentucky State Playoffs. Perry County gets their season started with an exhibition game on November 16.
"I think we are going to have a great team," Beverly said. "The last two years in the regional and district tournament we fell short. Both years we felt that we should be playing in the state tournament. This year we have a senior (Justin Johnson) that signed with Western Kentucky. His dream has always been to play in the state tournament. This year that is our main goal. Every day in practice we work our butts off to get better and make it there."
Butler will continue to keep an eye on Beverly as the year goes on. The Bulldogs also are recruiting one of Beverly's AAU teammates in James Bolden. Offers to 2016 prospects should be issued around June 15 .