2007 Intro: Miles Beatty

Miles Beatty knows he'll never get an opportunity to put up 20 points a game on a consistent basis. But the St. Anthony's (N.J.) junior guard is willing to trade the numbers for his situation.

Miles Beatty is the first one to admit that life isn't always easy playing for legendary St. Anthony's (N.J.) head coach Bob Hurley.

``It's a lot of fun, but its hard work," said the 6-foot-2, 195-pound junior guard.

The work paid off for Beatty and his teammates last week as a guard-oriented St. Anthony's team knocked off a much bigger Mater Dei (Calif.) team featuring Duke-bound junior forward Taylor King.

Beatty, who scored 18 points in the win against Mater Dei and connected on 4-of-9 trifectas, is a versatile combo guard who can shoot the ball from the perimeter, finish in the lane – and also set his teammates up for easy baskets.

``I rely on my aggressiveness and energy," he said. "I just try and play hard."

Beatty, 17, is averaging about 12 points on a team that rarely features anyone reaching 20 points in a game.

Beatty said that St. John's, Rutgers, Maryland and Illinois are the schools that have expressed the most interest. He added that St. John's, Rutgers and Illinois have each offered a scholarship.

``I love all of them right now," Beatty said. "The key for me is to be able to come in my freshman year and contribute."

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