If you want to get an idea of a school's recruiting priorities, get ahold of the coaches' travel schedule. That of course is not a feasible item for us to procure, but in talking this week with Pflugerville (Tex.) High School junior guard Bryan Beasley, we have learned that Trent Johnson is on his way to the Austin suburb on Thursday. The NCAA men's basketball contact period for high school juniors began today at 8:00am, though the Cardinal are holding their post-season banquet tonight, which delays most of their recruiting road schedule until tomorrow.
"Coach Johnson is coming to see me practice on Thursday, and to talk with me," Beasley reports. "Coach [Tony] Fuller has come to watch me before. From what Coach Johnson has heard from him, he thinks I could fit in at Stanford as a scoring guard. They got a point guard in the '05 class who is more of a pure point. They want me to complement him."
The Pflugerville combo guard averaged 18.6 points, five rebounds and four assists per game his junior year. He helped lead the Panthers to a #2 ranking in the state (5A), before a surprising early loss in the second round of the state playoffs.
"We had a bad game all-around," Beasley laments. "I scored 15 points, but they were pretty quiet. I think I could have stepped up more."
"I'm a scorer for my team. That was my job - to score," he describes. "I played a lot on the wing, along with point guard. At the wing, I had to concentrate on being aggressive. That's where I got all my shots. I'm a triple-threat: dribble, pass and score. My most defining characteristic is my jumping ability and athleticism. I've been able to dunk since I was a freshman. I can go up and get rebounds."
"I take what the defense gives me," Beasley says. "If the defense backs off me, I'll shot it. I'm pretty confident in my shot. And when the defense comes at me, I do my best to get around them."
While his scoring ability and athleticism are clear strengths, the 5'11" 178-pound guard also understands the need to hone his point guard skills.
"I want to put a little more emphasis on my passing. Not the amount of passing, but the decisions on when to pass," Beasley allows. "Like when you drive to the hole and dish, there are a few things you can do there. Those are the decisions I want to improve."
With a 4.23 GPA and an 1110 SAT, Beasley may have the decision before long about a Cardinal future. The Pflugerville student-athlete sent in his completed admissions application this past week to Stanford. He had a call from Trent Johnson during the March calling period, along with Colorado State, Georgetown and William & Mary.
"My top three, in order from highest interest to lowers, is Stanford, Texas and Texas A&M," he declares. "There are so many advantages to going to a school like Stanford. There is the education of course, but they also have some pretty good basketball down there. I'd like to be part of something like that some day."
The Bryan Beasley story is one that is just getting rolling. With Trent Johnson in Pflugerville on Thursday, and a number of nationally prominent AAU events upcoming - including the Las Vegas Spring Showcase and Kingwood Classic this month - news should be evolving. We will keep in touch with the scoring guard and keep you abreast of his latest.
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