Beasley Moves On

Not every great kid we come across in our recruiting coverage can end up a Cardinal. Today was an unhappy ending for the fans who had become enamored with Texas point guard Bryan Beasley. The 5'10" guard has committed to a program in the Big 12, no longer able to wait for Stanford.

Pflugerville (Tex.) High School rising senior point guard Bryan Beasley, who has been one of the more closely watched Stanford backcourt recruits in recent months, has given his commitment to Texas A&M, as his father and AAU coach Mark tells us.  The Austin-area guard just concluded his third unofficial visit to the College Station campus and felt ready to give his pledge to the Aggies.

"He was very, very comfortable with the coaches and future teammates, and he decided that A&M was the place for him," says the father of his son's decision.

The younger Beasley has been recruited by a number of schools spread throughout the major conferences, including Stanford, Virginia, Georgetown, New Mexico and Vanderbilt.  The 5'10" 178-pound guard is currently ranked #26 at his position in the 2006 class by Scout.com.

In Beasley, the Aggies have picked up a well-rounded player, a good student and a great kid.  He was vocal throughout the spring about his love first and foremost for the Cardinal.  Stanford was unquestionably his first choice.  Beasley worked quickly and submitted his admissions application for The Farm, and he worked beyond that to shore up some borderline areas of his academic profile.  He retook the SAT to try and lift his test score, and he buckled down in the classroom to produce the best grades his could on his sixth semester high school transcript.

Fans of Cardinal Basketball became big fans of Beasley, for how he wore his heart on his sleeve and pushed to place himself at Stanford.  On the court, the Pflugerville lead guard offers a game that has few glaring weaknesses.  He can handle the ball, defend and shoot.  While not spectacular in any area, he is solid and productive.  A strong kid from a good family, to boot, he would make many fans proud to play for their school.  The news today that Beasley will play in the Big 12 rather than the Pac-10 is not well-received by those fans who had been rooting for the Texas student-athlete.

Some will speculate in reaction to today's news that the Stanford Admissions Office denied Beasley, or were dragging their feet in their decision.  Neither is the case.  The more pertinent issue related to the recruiting relationship between Beasley and the Cardinal was timing.  The Stanford coaches, after extensive evaluations in a high school environment in the winter and on an AAU platform in the spring, were not ready to move full-steam ahead.  The July evaluation period is right around the corner, when the Cardinal could continue their evaluation of Beasley.  But with reported offers on the table from Texas A&M, Virginia and New Mexico, Beasley felt the need to move forward with his best option.

"Bryan had his choice of a number of schools to choose from, in no way did he have to wait to see what was going to happen [with Stanford]," Mark Beasley comments.  "He was very, very interested in Stanford, but things did not come together.  We had to make a choice for our son that would be the best for him at this particular time."

"You'll be surprised once he gets to the next level at how well he does," the father adds.  His commitment and work ethic are unmatched.  There are things he can do that most of these coaches and players have not yet seen."

We will not be too surprised.  Bryan Beasley is a great kid who is a sure bet to maximize his abilities and improve his teammates and program.  We wish all the best of luck to him in College Station, where he has started today a future that has both him and the Aggies excited.


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