Unjust July for Bryan Beasley

Pflugerville (Tex.) point guard Bryan Beasley excels in the classroom and has plenty of high-major interest, but for some reason the shoe camps refuse to reward a guy like Beasley with an invite. If the organizers had their priorities in order, he would and should be a proud representative at their camps.

While kids are getting ready to depart for the prestigious shoe camps in about a week's time, Bryan Beasley will sit home.

The 6-foot, 175-pound rising senior guard at Pflugerville High (Texas) didn't receive an invite to any of the camps despite putting up impressive numbers in high school this past season and receiving a significant amount of interest from numerous high-major schools.

How about rewarding a kid with a 4.3 GPA and a 1740 on the SAT?

Instead of taking the kids who barely take a look at their textbooks during the school year, the shoe camps should try and light a fire under some of these kids by making an invitation something the kids need to work for.

A high school kid with a sub-2.0 GPA shouldn't be allowed to participate in the shoe camps, no matter who it is.

But the reality of the situation is that kids like Beasley rarely get rewarded for their hard work off the court. Instead, it's all about what they are able to do with the basketball in their hands.

Beasley is a versatile scorer who can also run the point. He averaged 19 points, four boards and 3.5 assists as a junior and despite his Texas Ambassadors team struggling a few weeks ago at the Rumble in the Bronx, Beasley played well.

He shot the ball well from the perimeter, got into the lane and created for his teammates as well as finished strong in the paint.

Beasley has taken an unofficial visit to Texas A&M and also lists Rice, Texas and N.C. State, but there's one school that the academic-minded Beasley has on the top of his list.

``If I get a chance to play at a place like Stanford, I'm not going to pass it up," Beasley said.

For now, Beasley, who hopes to major in electrical engineering, is just in a wait-and-see mode to find out whether he's been accepted to the school.

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