David Beatty (St. Benedict’s/Newark, N.J.) entered the April live sessions with a handful of offers in tow, but after averaging 13 points, three assists and four rebounds for Philly Pride on the Under Armour circuit, his stock shot sky-high. The 6-foot-3, 175-pound combo guard now claims more than 20 verbal offers to date.
“Actually, it’s 22 to be exact,” laughed Beatty. “But it’s been really fun to be recognized by all these schools, especially when you haven’t been recognized before. I feel like I’ve been overlooked at every level, so to finally get this recognition just feels good. But I’m taking it all in right now, and I’m going to keep working hard.”
Beatty’s most recent offers came from the likes of Maryland, UVA, Xavier, Florida, Florida State, Indiana and Pittsburgh. Previously, he claimed verbals from Georgetown, Kansas State, Miami, Penn State, Memphis, La Salle, South Carolina, St. Joe’s, VCU and Va Tech, among others.
“You know, most every school out there has been through to see me play or watched me on the Under Armour circuit,” Beatty said. “I mean, not every school has offered, but it’s pretty cool to see coaches from UNC, Michigan State, UConn, Texas all in to watch you. It’s a great feeling. It sort of shows I’ve taken the next step as a recruit, just showing my versatility; my toughness; my ability to score; find my teammates; and play defense.”
Beatty’s latest offer came courtesy of Maryland, which he visited May 11. He called the unofficial “awesome” and said it ranked as his best so far. He’d previously trekked through Georgetown, Penn State and Temple.
“Maryland was a great visit. I really liked the school and the atmosphere there,” Beatty said. “Coach [Mark] Turgeon and the coaches sat me down and said they liked my game, they could win with me, they would use me in the right way, and they needed me there. They told me I was the missing piece for them, that they didn’t have anyone there now with my physicality and toughness.
“So it was good to hear that, to feel needed like that. Some coaches want you, but not a lot actually need you. So it was good to feel needed by Maryland.”
Of course, the unofficial May 11 was not the first time Beatty had heard from the Terps’ staff. He said he’d had semi-regular contact with area recruiter Bino Ranson and Turgeon for months prior.
“Maryland came to see me a couple times even before offering. They were always interested,” Beatty said. “Coach Bino is a really, really cool person and tells you the truth all the time. He’s great to talk to and he’s honest with you. He’s been telling me he wants me to grow as a player, and when I showed him I did, that’s when the offer came in. And Coach Turgeon is one of the coolest coaches I’ve met. He really is great, because of how much he cares about you.”
Beatty went on to compliment the campus itself, the Xfinity Center and the vibe around the school.
“The facilities are the nicest I’ve seen, and I just liked how welcoming everybody was there,” Beatty said. “It’s a great community.”
The Jersey product also mentioned he’d fit well into Turgeon’s offense and believes he could thrive as either a two-guard or a wing. He said he liked how UMD employs guard-oriented lineups, allowing the backcourt to freelance and make plays.
“So, yeah, I’d say Maryland is standing out some and it looks like a great fit,” Beatty said. “But I say that because I’ve just visited there. I’m sure other schools will catch my attention after unofficials or officials. So I’m taking my time and taking things in.”
Beatty isn’t sure where he’s heading next, but said UVA is firmly on his radar. He said the Wahoos’ offer was one “I was waiting for.”
“That was a big one. UVA had been talking to me for awhile, and that was a big offer for me,” Beatty said. “I’ve been in close contact with their coaches and I should be visiting sometime in June.”
In addition to a trek through Charlottesville, Va., Beatty would like to hit some of his other suitors on the East Coast before venturing West. He said location is not a primary factor for him, and he doesn’t care if a university is close to Jersey or further away so long as he finds the right fit.
“I just want to find a nice university with a cool staff, a good supporting cast, and a place whose coaches want what’s best for me and my family. And I’d like to play right away – that’s big too,” Beatty said. “I don’t really have a decision date in mind, either. When I find the right fit, I’ll just commit. I’m not going to wait if I feel right at a certain school.”