In terms of prospect visits, the Virginia men’s basketball calendar continues to fill up.
Recruiting website Stockrisers.com founder Jake Weingarten reports that the Hoos will host class of 2020 point guard Reece Beekman on an official visit the weekend of September 21-23, one week after the talented prospect takes an official visit to Houston.
UVA will host class of 2020 wing Henry Coleman III in September or October on an unofficial visit and class of 2020 wing Keon Johnson on an official visit November 2-4. The Hoos hosted class of 2020 point guard Marcus Dockery on August 6 (unofficial), class of 2020 guard Darius Maddux on August 18 (unofficial), class of 2019 forward/center and now Virginia commit Kadin Shedrick on August 19 (unofficial), and class of 2021 shooting guard Carson McCorkle on August 24 (unofficial). Coleman III, Johnson, Beekman, and of course Shedrick have been offered a scholarship by head coach Tony Bennett.
Additionally, look for Shedrick and Virginia class of 2019 guard commit Casey Morsell to take official visits to Charlottesville in the coming weeks/months. It’ll be interesting to see if those visits coincide with any of the visits from the high school junior prospects.
Beekman, a 6’2”, 160-pound point guard, is rated a 4-star prospect by 247Sports and ESPN.com and a 3-star recruit by Rivals.com. 247Sports ranks him as the No. 118 overall recruit in the nation in the high school junior class.
A native of Milwaukee (WI), Beekman attends Scotlandville Magnet (Baton Rouge, LA), where he has helped the boys varsity basketball team capture the Division 1 select state championship each of the past two seasons. He earned MVP honors for his 20-point, 4-assist performance in the 2018 Division 1 state championship win over St. Paul’s. The Advocate writes that Beekman played an important role on defense in that win as well.
Beekman played with the Wisconsin Playground Warriors on the Under Armour AAU circuit in 2017 before going with Phenom University on the 16U Nike EYBL circuit this year. He participated in the 2018 Nike Elite 100 Camp. Here is a sampling of reviews of Beekman on Twitter …
Wisconsin Phenom 2020 PG Reece Beekman was one of the top floor generals at the Swish & Dish event in Milwaukee. Tough 2 way PG who can score in bunches and an excelent facilitator. #NY2LASND2K18 @PhenomUniverse @AWALL612 pic.twitter.com/1PPKiD8nFo
— National Exposure Preps (@NorthernXPreps) April 3, 2018
*High Major Alert* – 2020 PG Reece Beekman @reece_beekman of Scotlandville (LA) had 26pts 11rebs 8assist 3stls on 10/21 in a win over Jehovah Jireh (LA) Monday – then had 22pts 5rebs 5assist on 9/17 in a win over Holy Cross (LA) last night to advance in LA State Tourney action
— NY2LA SPORTS (@ny2lasports) March 4, 2018
Really like @WisconsinPGC 2020 PG Reece Beekman. Smooth, crafty point guard. Excellent decision maker. Can hurt teams in a lot of ways.
— Evan Flood (@Evan_Flood) July 20, 2017
From the 2018 state title game
Scotlandville sophomore Reece Beekman named Most Outstanding Player. The torch has been passed from JaVonte Smart to Beekman.
— Rod Walker (@rwalkeradvocate) March 11, 2018
Per his Twitter account, Beekman boasts 17 scholarship offers in total. Below is a timeline (again per Twitter) of when he received those offers.
-Tulane – December of 2017
-Georgia Tech, Kansas State – March of 2018
-DePaul, Arizona State, Southern Cal – April of 2018
-Minnesota, LSU, Marquette – May of 2018
-Houston – June of 2018
-Temple, Virginia – July of 2018
-Florida, Wisconsin, Wake Forest, Iowa State, Texas A&M – August of 2018
Eric Gets Buckets produced the below highlights of the Louisiana standout, whose former teammate, Ja’Vonte Smart, signed with LSU in the class of 2018. Beekman’s older brother, Bryce, attends Arizona Western College, where he plays football and was a teammate of current UVA starting quarterback Bryce Perkins in 2017.