Reece Beekman blended in with the rest of the high school players at John Paul Jones Arena on Thursday, wearing a white jersey bearing the logo of the NBPA Top 100 Camp.
He worked through drills and played in a scrimmage like all the rest. But Beekman’s day began with a special announcement.
Prior to taking the floor for the second day of the prestigious camp, Beekman told ESPN’s Paul Biancardi he had committed to Virginia. Beekman, a four-star guard, per 247sports.com, joins 3-star guard Carson McCorkle in the Cavaliers’ class of 2020.
Beekman said he took the floor Thursday with less pressure. He instead took some time to get used to the JPJ facilities and envision his future.
“It was kind of crazy knowing in a couple years, I’ll be out there playing with tens of thousands of people [watching],” he said.
Beekman is the No. 1 player in the state of Louisiana, the No. 6 point guard and the No. 57 player in the nation for his class. He was also considering TCU, Alabama, Iowa State, Houston, LSU, Cal and South Carolina before committing to UVa.
A self-described “pass first” point guard, the 6-foot-2, 160-pound Beekman said he embraces the challenge of playing in Coach Tony Bennett’s Pack Line.
He noted that watching former guards Ty Jerome and Kyle Guy guide the team to the NCAA Tournament championship was inspiring.
“I was like, I could picture myself out there, kind of thing, [doing] what they’re doing, making plays how they’re making plays,” Beekman said.
He took his official visit to Virginia alongside Keon Johnson, a four-star shooting guard and the No. 1 player in the state of Tennessee for the class.
“That’ll probably be the first person I’ll try to get to come here too,” Beekman said.
Beekman has helped Scotlandville High School in Baton Rouge win three straight Louisiana state championships. He scored 28 points in this year’s state championship game against St. Augustine.
In Thursday’s scrimmage, he recorded five points, five assists and four rebounds in his team’s 111-103 victory.