Over the years there have been a number of recruits who talked a good game in their Cardinal interest, but when the rubber hit the road, they did not follow through with the requisite work toward admission. When we last reported to you on Bryan Beasley, Scout.com's #26 point guard in the 2006 class, he had just submitted his admissions application to Stanford. That alone would be cause for Trent Johnson to smile, but the Pflugerville (Tex.) student-athlete is going farther still toward his goal of a future on The Farm.
Beasley's father and AAU coach, Mark Beasley, had a conversation with Stanford assistant coach Tony Fuller. The elder Beasley wanted to convey the message that his son was serious about the Cardinal and the admissions process.
"He told me that Admissions was in the process of reviewing Bryan's application as we speak," Mark Beasley reports on his talk with the Cardinal coach. "I told him I remembered what he had told about how this would be the most difficult part of the recruiting process. I told him that I have no doubt in my son's academic abilities and his chances at academic success at whatever school he decides to attend - whether he is admitted to Stanford or not. Bryan told me he was not at all satisfied with his initial SAT score."
The Pflugerville High School junior decided to retake the SAT, sitting down earlier this month for the new format of the standardized test that includes a new essay section. Beasley should have that score later this month and hopes to improve his score and his Stanford admissions prospects.
Meanwhile, other schools are not standing by idly while the Cardinal crank through the school's admissions gears. A number of new suitors have joined the party since we last brought you a Beasley update. He previously had a top three of Stanford, Texas and Texas A&M. His father tells us that his current favorites list includes some new names. Stanford, North Carolina State, Texas, Virginia, New Mexico, Princeton and Vanderbilt are the strong seven most on his mind at this time.
Virginia is one of the newest schools to begin recruiting Beasley, and some bit of chance played a role in their introduction. Assistant coach Rob Lanier was in Pflugerville doing some house hunting as he was about to join the Texas coaching staff for his second stint. Lanier was getting his feet wet with the recruitment of Beasley when the call came from Charlottesville to join the Cavaliers. Virginia is building a new staff under new head coach Dave Leitao, who took the job in mid-April.
"They're in dire need of a point guard in the 2006 class," Mark Beasley says of the UVA message from Lanier. "He explained to me that he was just getting settled in and that his first 2006 recruitment priority was Bryan."
With the April evaluation period closed, there is a break in the basketball for Bryan Beasley, but a busy summer is fast approaching. The 5'11" scoring guard will attend the Pangos All-American Camp and either the Reebok ABCD Camp or Nike All-American Camp. He will travel with his Texas Ambassadors AAU team to the Rumble in the Bronx tournament in New York, followed by the Main Event in Las Vegas and the Best of Summer in Los Angeles.
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