Beasley Has 8 on List, Talks Visits

UCLA figures prominently for the four-star shooting guard from Georgia, Malik Beasley...

One of the more improved prospects this past spring and summer was 6-foot-4 guard Georgia native Malik Beasley.

Heading into the spring, Beasley had plenty of mid-major offers and interest from high major schools, but that quickly catapulted into a bunch of high major scholarship offers after his strong play on the EYBL circuit.

“I think it went well, really well,” Beasley said of his spring and summer. “A lot of coaches have started recruiting me more. I got a lot more fans. I’ve been signing more autographs than I ever have. I’ve never done that before.”

What led to his improvement?

“I kept going to the gym,” Beasley, who averaged 22 points and 10 rebounds as a junior at Alpharetta (Ga.) St. Francis explained. “Every chance I had at a game or an event, I took that opportunity and I tried to do my very best regardless of the situation.”

Following the July evaluation periods, Beasley narrowed his list to eight schools – Connecticut, Florida State, Georgia, Oregon, St. John’s, UCLA, VCU and Wake Forest. Beasley said next on his agenda is to take more visits and study the schools involved.

“Just taking visits and really looking into that college and looking at the history and background and the new stuff like who else they are recruiting,” Beasley said.

Beasley took a visit to St. John’s earlier in the week. It was his first time on their campus.

“It was great,” Beasley said of the visit. “The campus was nice. It kind of reminded me of St. Francis. It’s a private school. It’s quiet and peaceful on campus. People don’t know that because it’s in New York City.”

“That was my first time meeting coach Lavin,” he added. “I saw him a lot of times on the circuit in Sacramento and in Louisville. He’s a good coach. He’s cool.”

Beasley has also taken an unofficial visit to UCLA and is planning to go back for an official visit in the near future.

“They are recruiting me,” he said of the Bruins. “They want me to come for an official visit and hopefully I can get that done soon.”

“The history and the way he can get me to the league,” Beasley said when asked about what stood out about UCLA to him. “Just L.A. in general is beautiful. The campus is nice. I went there when I went Pangos for an unofficial. It was nice. There’s lot of hardware. It was nice. It was good scene.”

Beasley, a four-star prospect, has also taken multiple unofficial visits to Georgia and is set to go back for their first football game the weekend of August 30th.



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