Shooting guard Malik Beasley is coming off a big junior season where he led his talented St. Francis team to a state championship. Averaging 22 points and eight rebounds along the way, schools up and down the East Coast started to take notice of his abilities on the basketball court.
"I've been talking the most to probably Kansas State, Vanderbilt, Tennessee, UAB, Cincinnati and VCU," Beasley said. "Of the schools that haven't offered, I think Georgia and Texas A&M are close, and there are a few others that are coming in next week, too."
Beasley, who recently jumped into the 2015 Rivals150 at No. 137, conducted his first in-home visit Sunday night with UAB head coach Jerrod Haase and assistant coach Rob Ehsan.
"It went well. They showed me a lot of things. It was really cool. That was my first in-home visit with anybody."
Cincinnati offered Beasley several months ago and has stayed on him since that time. Beasley has noticed the success the Bearcats had on the court this season.
"That's a good school. They were up to 11th in the country this year. They had a good run. I like talking to the coaches up there."
Another school that jumped on Beasley early is Kansas State, and the Wildcats just might be recruiting him harder than any other school.
"I talk to Coach [Chester] Frazier from Kansas State almost every day. Their head coach [Bruce Weber] actually called last night and we talked for 10 minutes or so."
The in-state Georgia Bulldogs have yet to pull the trigger on offering scholarship, but Beasley believes that will be happening soon.
"Georgia is about to offer this week. It would be pretty cool if they get the right players up there. Mark Fox is a good coach. I like their arena and their training staff up there."
With the increased attention in recent months, Beasley is still in the information-gathering stage.
"I'll probably narrow my list down to five or so this summer in like June, and then I'll commit sometime before basketball season starts," Beasley said. "I'm just looking for a school with a good training staff, a good relationship with a coaching staff, the atmosphere at the school, and just a little bit of everything."
Dan McDonald is a contributing national basketball recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.
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