No unsigned senior prospect has caused a stir like the swirl of recruiting activity around combo guard Patrick Beverley out of Marshall High School in Chicago, Ill. Beverley, 6-foot-2, 175-pounds, is leading the No. 1ranked team in the state with an amazing 36 points per game.
"Patrick is playing great," said Marshall head coach Lamont Bryant. "Number one, he is putting the ball in the basket. He is our team leader and we're number one in the state right now.
"He is an aggressive combo guard who can really play. People realize how good he is offensively, but he might even be better defensively. About half of his points come off his defense."
It is difficult to get a gauge on how many schools are pursuing Beverly. Coach Bryant named Virginia, Washington, Washington State, St. John's, Boston College, Purdue, Michigan and Illinois. Ole Miss, Missouri, Seton Hall, DePaul and Illinois-Chicago have also been reported as recruiting Beverley.
"He's not thinking about his recruitment right now," said Bryant. "All I want him thinking about is putting the ball in the basket. It's too early to sit down and talk right now as wild as it has been the past two weeks. I have a cell phone, an office phone and a home phone and I still don't have enough phones to deal with this situation.
"I'm not even letting the schools talk scholarship with Patrick. I'm just gathering in who is interested, and I assume that all of them have a scholarship ready. You don't just mess around this late in the game.
"We do want to narrow it down to four schools, soon. I don't know when, but it will be soon. We want to know what four schools he will visit."
Bryant used one of his official visits at Toledo, where he was once committed.
Beverly is averaging 5 rebounds and 6 assists to go along with his 36 points per game.