Four-star 2015 shooting guard Malik Beasley has been heating up on the recruiting path the last couple of months after leading Alpharetta (Ga.) St. Francis all the way to a state championship.
Beasley saved his best for last in his junior campaign, too. After averaging 19.1 points and 2.4 assists per game all season, he averaged 22 points, 10 rebounds, and three steals per game in the playoffs. In the championship game, he put up 25 points and grabbed eight boards.
All of this and the freak athleticism he has put on display this summer have led to a number of offers in the last couple of months for Beasley, including Cincinnati, Texas Tech, Saint John's, Georgia, and California.
After watching him play with the Georgia Stars at the first round of the Nike EYBL in Sacramento in April, SMU and head coach Larry Brown decided to offer the young wing.
"(After EYBL Brown told me) he liked my athleticism, the way I can shoot the ball, team player, leadership, and just never giving up," Beasley said.
At the Pangos All-American Camp, much of this was on display. Whenever there was a break in the action, Beasley would throw down hard dunks, getting other players like Terrance Ferguson and De'Aaron Fox involved. In one game, Beasley got a couple of transition windmill-dunks that excited the crowd. Later in the game he drilled a couple of three-pointers when his team was down big to give them a chance at a comeback.
At Pangos, Beasley was on the same team as SMU commit Sedrick Barefield and said the two had a "connection" on the court.
"He's a great point guard. We have a connection, like if someone is overplaying me I give (Barefield) a look and then I go backdoor," Beasley said. "And we're both winners so we both know how to play the game together. It's not about individuals, it's about the team."
Beasley also said the SMU commit kept the team loose with his sense of humor off the court.
Beasley is strongly considering the Mustangs for these reasons and more.
"I really like SMU. They got a really good coach," Beasley said. "My mom knows him really well (from Brown's time in Detroit) so that's always a good look."
The 6-foot-3, 170 pound senior talks with SMU's Hall of Fame-coach regularly. Besides Brown, Beasley has not been in contact with the SMU staff, though he attributes that to his busy schedule this summer, like attending the LeBron James and Kevin Durant summer camps.
Because of this schedule, Beasley expects to start taking his visits later in the summer.
"I'm probably going to start taking visits in August because my schedule is crazy. I'm gonna take a couple official and a lot of unofficials" Beasley said.
Beasley stopped for an unofficial visit at UCLA while in Los Angeles for Pangos. He expects to visit Dallas and SMU eventually.