— Reece‼️ (@reece_beekman) March 15, 2020
Four years, four state championships for Reece Beekman. The Scotlandville Magnet (Baton Rouge, LA) point guard and University of Virginia consensus 4-star recruit capped off his senior year in style this past Saturday, accounting for 16 points, nine rebounds and nine assists in the Louisiana High School Athletic Association Division 1 championship game. Beekman’s MVP performance helped Scotlandville to a 66-39 victory over St. Augustine.
The Hornets have captured the Division 1 state title each of the past four seasons. Highlights of the latest championship are below and are courtesy of MaxPreps.com.
The 6’2″ Beekman, who moved from Milwaukee to Baton Rouge before high school, started all four years for head coach Carlos Sample. Though his role wasn’t what it has been the past three seasons, Beekman was an important part of Scotlandville’s 2017 championship team as a freshman. As one of only five Hornet players to score, he chipped in seven points in a 53-52 state title win over Brother Martin.
“When I was a freshman, I had a role, but it wasn’t as big,” Beekman said in this interview with TheSabre.com this past January. “I started every game. My main goal was to make shots when they found me. Be consistent in every game. My sophomore year, my role grew. Me and [guard Javonte Smart] were the leaders. We were running the show and doing what it takes to win. My junior and senior years, it was kind of me being the leader of the team. I’ll rebound, score, find the open man, making everybody else better.”
Beekman’s play improved as he shouldered a bigger load. As a sophomore, he poured in 20 points (8-12 shooting), added six rebounds, four assists, and three steals while playing outstanding defense as the Hornets defeated St. Paul’s, 63-40, in the 2018 state championship. Beekman earned MVP honors on a team that featured one of the top senior’s in the nation in the aforementioned Smart, who moved on to LSU the following season.
In 2019, Scotlandville and St. Augustine battled for the 2019 Division 1 select state title. Beekman shined, pouring in 28 points (8-12 shooting including 3-3 from 3) and dishing out nine assists in a 73-53 victory. The then-junior was named MVP for his performance.
Beekman notched a triple-double – 20 points, 11 assists, and 10 rebounds – in the 2020 state semifinal win over Brother Martin before his MVP performance last weekend in the title game. He helped the ESPN Top 25 Hornets win all three of their 2020 playoff matchups by an average of 36 points per game.
Scotlandville put it on Brother Martin tonight. A few takeaways:
1) The Hornets know basketball
2) After tonight's 88-45 loss, it should be renamed "Little Brother Martin"
3) Reece Beekman (@reece_beekman) does basketball well.
4) Lester Ricard put a HURTIN' on some nachos. pic.twitter.com/qb4ZWPWTrZ
— Matt Trent (@MCTrent23) March 12, 2020
“Four years … at first I thought it was going to be forever,” Beekman told Robin Fambrough of The Advocate in this report. “And they just flew by and now it is over. These are my brothers for life. When I moved down here (from Milwaukee), I didn’t know what to expect. They guys made life easy for me. Of all the titles, this is my favorite.”
Bryce Beekman, who is a rising redshirt senior safety at Washington State, expressed his pleasure with his younger brother’s success.
4 peat!! 🏆🏆🏆🏆Mane I’m proud of ya lil brotha! Know dat imma boost you up and always have yo back more than yo spine do. All glory to God for blessing you wit 4 state championships, forever grateful🙏🏽 Love Lil brotha🖤🤝 @reece_beekman pic.twitter.com/PTjySYJ9WC
— Bryce Beekman (@BeekmanBryce) March 15, 2020
Virginia football Senior Scout Jordan Arcement, a Louisiana native, gave a shout out to Beekman and Jonathan Horton via Twitter. Horton latter signed with UVA football this past December. He’ll play outside linebacker for the Hoos but served as Scotlandville varsity basketball’s inside presence this season, providing energy, rebounding and shot-blocking on the title run.
— Coach J (@JordanArcement) March 14, 2020
Heading to Charlottesville with Horton next year is “is a good feeling,” said Beekman. “I was recruiting him, kind of. He was weighing his options, but I kept staying in his hear. Having someone close to me I know out there, knowing we can watch over each other, is a good feeling.”