Michael Beasley, the high school senior who committed to Kansas State for next year, showcased his talents in front of 3,196 fans as his Notre Dame Prep high school team defeated IMG Academy 107-80 in the inaugural All-American Shootout.
He was named the game's Most Valuable Player as he led all scorers with 30 and grabbed a game-high 17 rebounds. He also had four blocks and two steals while controlling the interior defense in his 26 minutes of action. He went 14-for-26 in the game and 2-of-5 from behind the 3-point line, but he did most of his damage in the first half before the game got out of hand.
He had 22 points in the opening 20 minutes as the two teams played collegiate rules instead of the usual four-quarter high school rules.
He went 10-for-14 from the field, had eight rebounds and knocked down two 3-point shots in only 13 minutes.
He missed one layup but got his own rebound and put it back in, and two of his other misses were long unnecessary 3-point shots that didn't have much chance of going in.
When he wanted to score, he did and nobody was able to stop him. Most of his points came on dunks and offensive rebounds turned into easy layups.
He was the only player on both teams to score in double figures in the first half.
He went 4-for-12 in the second half, but Notre Dame was blowing out IMG and he didn't seem like he was playing with anywhere near the same intensity that he displayed in the opening half.
"Today was just a regular game, I'm happy it was in K-State with all the fans," Beasley said. "I thought I could've played better on the defensive side, but I was happy overall."
Beasley was wowing the crowd even before the game began. When he first came out for warm-ups, his team was lining up for layup drills, and he called for a basketball.
He received a pass from one of his teammates, and turned around and threw up about a 35-foot shot that banked in. He raised his hands and received a loud ovation from the crowd.
"Believe it or not, that's my range. I shoot that shot all the time in practice," Beasley said.
His mom, Fatima Smith, was in attendance for the game, and she said she was excited to be able to watch her son play.
"He was awesome. I don't think he brought anything extra, he just played a good game," she said. "Can you imagine next year with Bill and Michael coming in? Oh, we're going to have a good time. There's more to come."
Ken Kadji came off the bench to lead IMG in scoring with 13. Bakari Lewis scored 11 and Coury Higgins added 10.
After the game, Beasley said he has committed to K-State and will remain a Wildcat for all four years despite speculation that he will leave after one season.
"I'm definitely going to stay four years," Beasley said. "I'm coming to Kansas State planning to stay for four years. I wanna be a student athlete not an athletic student.
"If I'm not the great bball player everyone is hyping me to be, then I will need to do something else to make money."