Davis To Get First Hand Look At Beverley

Mike Davis will be sitting courtside tonight to see a player he hopes to welcome to Bloomington next fall.

Mike Davis will be sitting courtside tonight to see a player he hopes to welcome to Bloomington next fall.

Indiana's head coach will be in Chicago tonight to see the match-up between top-ranked Marshall H.S. (19-1) and seventh-ranked Crane H.S. (15-3) in a highly-anticipated Chicago Public League battle. Marshall's featured attraction is 6-2, 165-pound senior guard Patrick Beverley, a high-scoring wing who has emerged as a top recruiting priority for the Hoosiers this spring.

Beverley is averaging 36 points, seven rebounds, six assists and five steals per game and is considered the top uncommitted player in Illinois. For the second time in three weeks, he'll be going head-to-head tonight with Crane's Sherron Collins, a top-20 player in the '06 class who is headed to Kansas. Beverley outscored Collins 31-23 in the first meeting, a 74-70 Marshall win Jan. 10.

"On a daily basis, this guy is scoring big time points against big teams," said Marshall Coach Lamont Bryant. "He's going head to head against people that are, quote unquote, supposed to be the top kids in the nation. This kid s complete basketball player."

That first performance against Collins, coupled with a handful of other huge efforts against some of the other top preps from the Chicago area, have helped catapult Beverley's stock in the minds of a slew of college programs, Indiana included.

"(Indiana) has been very interested," said Bryant. "Coach Davis and I, we talk two or three times a week. When I'm in the paper he's calling me, and when he's in the paper, I'm calling him. That's how you build relationships."

Davis and the Hoosiers are apparently making a good impression on Beverley as well. Bryant said his standout cut his list of finalists to five over the weekend. Indiana, Michigan, Virginia, St. John's and Arkansas are now potential destinations for Beverley.

"Indiana is a good fit for him," said Bryant. "I've been keeping up with them, and it's a good program, and Davis is a good coach, and that's what it's all about. You want to see your kid sign with a school, but you also want a good mentor mentoring him as well."

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