The annual Slam Dunk to Beach event in Lewes, Del., concluded right before the New Year, and Maryland assistant Cliff Warren was in attendance to scout some of the more intriguing recruits. Five-star power forward Mohamed Bamba (Westtown, Pa.) served as the event’s headliner, but junior guard Brandon Randolph (Westtown); junior forward Myles Douglas (Paul VI/Fairfax, Va.); junior power forward Bourama Sidibe (St. Benedict’s/Newark, N.J.); sophomore wing Brandon Slater (Paul VI); and sophomore forward Nazreon Reid (Roselle Catholic/Roselle, N.J.) were others that garnered attention.
But one recruit who may have raised his stock considerably was junior shooting guard David Beatty (St. Benedict’s). The 6-foot-3, 180-pound Philadelphia, Pa., native is a tough-as-nails competitor who plays with an edge. Beatty isn’t the most consistent outside shooter, but he can connect from the mid-range and finish with authority. Plus he’s a rabid defender who can lock down his man.
“I think I played real well in tournament, and I’ve been playing real well of late,” Beatty said. “I’ve improved a lot, and college coaches are starting to notice. I’ve been doing better shooting and running my team. And things I need to work on are getting my teammates more involved, ball-handling and decision making.”
Some of the college coaches who have already taken notice include assistants from Georgetown, Miami, South Carolina, St. Joe’s, Penn State, VCU, Kansas State, Seton Hall, La Salle, Iona, Memphis and Siena. Beatty said he landed about five of those above offers during his sophomore year at Archbishop Carroll (Randor Township, Pa.), and the rest came pouring in after he transferred to St. Benedict’s.
Meanwhile, the junior guard said coaches from Maryland, Arizona State, Arizona, Villanova and UCLA have upped their interest.
“I’m not really sure who’s going to offer next. I’m just trying to keep working and whoever offers, offers,” Beatty said. “There’s not one [offer] in particular I’m looking for, and I don’t really have any favorites. Everyone is kind of neutral right now. I’ll look into that more after my season is over.”
Maybe so, but Beatty did admit a couple programs have caught his eye initially. He visited Georgetown several months back and thoroughly enjoyed his stay in D.C. Moreover, he’s heard consistently from assistants at Arizona State and Villanova, Beatty perking up when their names were broached.
“Georgetown was a great campus, nice facilities, and great coaches. And it’s great academics too,” Beatty said. “And I have a real good relationship with Arizona State and Villanova. Those guys are always talking to me.”
The Terps haven’t made consistent overtures like the Sun Devils and Wildcats, but they are establishing a connection. Besides Warren, who watched Beatty in action, the St. Benedict’s prospect has recently heard from headman Mark Turgeon as well.
“Coach Turgeon has actually been in contact for a couple weeks now,” Beatty said. “He said my guard play is real nice, and they think I can really do well in their system because I’m a guard that can score and facilitate. [Turgeon] said he’s going to be watching my closely.”
Beatty has never visited College Park, Md., but said he’d “definitely” be trekking through if/when the Terps ante up.
“It’s a school I’d definitely take a look at,” Beatty said. “If I got the offer, I mean, I wouldn’t just settle for it and jump on it. But I’d definitely consider them.
“I’ve seen them play on TV, and they always have great guards coming through. It’s a real good program, one of the best in the country right now. It’s not too far from home, they have great fans and they play a great style.”
They’re also Under Armour affiliated. Beatty suits up for the Philly Pride AAU squad, which is also sponsored by Under Armour.
“I love Under Armour, but [brand] really doesn’t matter to me,” Beatty said. “I’m not really looking at [brands] when I look at colleges.”
Besides a potential visit to College Park, Beatty said he’d love to check out UNLV, where his former Archbishop Carroll teammate, Derrick Jones, currently plays. So far the only schools he’s seen are Georgetown and PSU, Beatty mentioning that Nittany Lions’ head coach Pat Chambers impressed him.
Beatty would ideally like to have his future destination chosen during the early signing period next year. But he mentioned it’s “way too soon” to say for sure what’s going to happen.
“I have to see how the recruiting goes, what kind of offers come in and what visits I end up taking,” Beatty said. “I’m focused on my season right now.”
Note: Regardless if they offer or not, the Terps may not pursue Beatty in earnest unless 2017 guards like M.J. Walker (Jonesboro, Ga.) -- the No. 1 priority -- Brandon Randolph, Nickeil Alexander-Walker (Hamilton Heights/Chatanooga, Tenn.), Chaundee Brown (First Academy/Orlando, Fla.) and Hamidou Diallo (Woodstock Academy, Conn.) fall by the wayside.null