Though the Wisconsin Badgers are after some heavy talent in the class of 2019, Greg Gard and company are already attempting to make big moves within the class of 2020.
Wisconsin’s latest recruiting update lies within this class with the Badgers offering a scholarship to Baton Rouge native Reece Beekman last Thursday.
Beekman is a point guard who already holds offers from a number of programs including Minnesota, Marquette, Arizona State, LSU, USC, and Virginia in addition to others. The 6’3 guard was given a four-star rating on 247sports and ESPN while Rivals gave Beekman three stars.
It’s still early in the recruiting process for Beekman so he has shown no need to display which schools he is interested in most. However, Beekman has made it evident that he has some interest in playing for Steve Wojciechowski at Marquette.
It may seem a little strange that two Wisconsin schools have already dished out offers to Beekman and he’s already shown interest in one. However, this makes complete sense considering Beekman was actually born in Milwaukee before moving to Baton Rouge in eighth grade.
Beekman attends Scotlandville Magnet High School where he and his teammates have already had a lot of success. As a sophomore last season, Beekman took home the Louisiana state title.
Beekman was a major part of this state championship run. In 35 games, Beekman averaged 13.9 points per game to go along with 5.1 assists, 4.3 rebounds, and 2.5 steals per game. From looking at the numbers, it appears that Beekman is a point guard who flies around the court and does a little of everything.
The guard only played three games for Scotlandville Magnet’s junior varsity team during the 2016-’17 season before being moved up to varsity for good. Beekman averaged 8.6 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 2.5 assists per games on varsity when he was a freshman. Scotlandville Magnet won the state title that season as well.
For how much he does on the court, it’s worth noting that Beekman has been a very solid shooter throughout his early high school days. Beekman has a combined field goal percentage of 45 over his last 69 games played.
His ball handling skills are evident as well. Beekman’s assist to turnover ratio last season was a dazzling 2.78.
Another interesting aspect of Beekman is the fact that he plays AAU ball with Phenom University. Badger fans may recognize that name because Jalen Johnson, a major target for Wisconsin in the class of 2020, also plays for Phenom.
Landing Beekman would be pretty significant for the Badgers. Though Brad Davison and Kobe King will only be juniors by the time 2020 rolls around, Khalil Iverson will be graduated. D’Mitrik Trice and Brevin Pritzl will also be seniors. Gaining depth at the guard position will definitely be a point of emphasis for Gard.