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A closer look at new KU target Harlond Beverly

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Kansas University basketball recruiting

Kansas University basketball recruiting

With just two players signed in the Class of 2019 and the potential need for as many as four more, the Kansas basketball coaching staff continues to pound the pavement in search of future Jayhawks and new names are turning up every week.

The newest name on KU’s radar is that of 4-star prospect Harlond Beverly, a 6-foot-4, 170-pound shooting guard from Montverde (Fla.) Academy who recently received a scholarship offer from the Jayhawks.

Ranked No. 59 overall in the 2019 class and up 14 spots from his previous mark of No. 73 in the last round of Rivals.com rankings, Beverly is an interesting prospect for a couple of reasons.

No. 1, the mere fact that Kansas continues to look at guards even though the only two players currently signed in the 2019 class play that position is an indication that there could be some validity to the idea that Quentin Grimes, K.J. Lawson could join Charlie Moore in moving on this offseason.

No. 2, the program for which Beverly currently plays is also noteworthy given the fact that he’s a current teammate of another KU target, 5-star forward Precious Achiuwa, who is expected to make his decision sometime in late May. There’s not always a connection when a program like Kansas recruits teammates from the same school, but there’s no doubt that Achiuwa, who made an official visit to KU a few weeks ago, definitely could give Beverly some more feedback on what KU’s all about and what his visit was like.

Before we go any further, we should probably get to the most important part of this whole thing — who the heck is Harlond Beverly to begin with?

Good question.

Originally from Farmington Hills, Mich., (just outside of Detroit), the shooting guard who starts and wears No. 10 at Montverde helped lead the Eagles to a 21-2 record during the 2018-19 regular season.

Montverde is currently preparing to make a run at a national title at the 8-team GEICO High School National Championship Tournament, April 4-6 in New York City.

In addition to several double-digit outings, Beverly won Game MVP honors back in December after a 57-50 victory over Paul VI at the Takeover Event in Washington D.C., where he led all scorers with 20 points, on 9-of-9 shooting, and added 4 steals in Montverde’s victory.

According to Rivals.com recruiting analyst Corey Evans, Beverly is unlikely to make a decision until making his official visits and, as of today, the shooting guard already has visited Indiana, unofficially, and plans to visit Georgia, which would leave him with plenty of official visits still to take if he so chooses.

According to Shay Wildeboor of JayhawkSlant.com, Beverly is closing in on 20 offers from Division I programs, a fact that both inspires him beam with pride and makes the decision that much harder.

According to reports, Baylor and Xavier were the first to show serious interest in Detroit native, who left home to play his senior season at Montverde and bolstered his stock tremendously. Georgia, Miami (Fla.), Virginia, Indiana, Michigan, Texas, Florida, Michigan State, Ohio State and, of course, Kansas, are some of the other programs in the mix for Beverly as we approach April.

Comments

Steve Zimmerman 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Oh, my goodness, this kid has hops and very explosive. We NEED this kind of player. Keep recruiting this kind of talent, we will soon claim another NC trophy.

Ryan Zimmerman 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Unfortunately we are late to the game with him, I'm afraid. And Precious isn't coming here so that won't help sway him by any means. Better start digging into transfers... And for QG to go pro is absurd. That kid has to stick around as he's only hurt himself and nowhere to go but up

Steve Zimmerman 4 months, 3 weeks ago

That sucks. How in the world will we get recruits like Auburn has? Groom them from the beginning, groom everyone in the team.. harvest in 3-4 seasons. The team produces NBA quality players, they play like high-octane NBA style, very exciting to watch. Almost everybody can score, can shoot 3s, can dunk - this is the kind of team that will win championship.

Jay Scott 4 months, 3 weeks ago

What was the last team like that to win a title?

Suzi Marshall 4 months, 3 weeks ago

It seems like there was more than the usual amount of animosity on this past season's team. Self will probably 'encourage' some of these players to leave. Unless Grimes goes pro, I don't see why he would want to transfer. Self sees him as a 'Larry Bird' type player and remains amongst his strongest supporters. Bird has always been Self's favorite player.

Suzi Marshall 4 months, 3 weeks ago

"Signing an athletic scholarship with a school should not be a moratorium on your rights to your name, image, and self-worth. We have a plan to fix college sports without asking the NCAA or our universities to pay a dollar. After nearly two years of speaking with players and thought leaders, we will be introducing the Student-Athlete Equity Act":

//www.scribd.com/document/401306067/Mark-Walker-bill

Steve Zimmerman 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Thanks for sharing. I wonder what would happen to cases like Goins

David Howell 4 months, 2 weeks ago

I just about lost my lunch. Till further notice do not mention LARRY BIRD and Q. Grimes in the same sentence ..............

Maybe Brandon Rush, but not the BIRD !

Craig Carson 4 months, 3 weeks ago

They need to be pounding the pavement for some bigs..KU chances of landing Hurt or Precious are slim...they might be very small next year

Scott Oswalt 4 months, 3 weeks ago

We're getting Hurt. Why do you say slim? KU has been recruiting them the longest.

Glen Miller 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Recruiting him the longest does not translate into signing........ Look at Robinson-Earl just from this year. We had been recruiting him much longer than Villanova and they still landed him. Hurt used to be a lock form us and now we're like 3rd or 4th in line. The investigation and uncertainty are killing us in recruiting.

Craig Carson 4 months, 3 weeks ago

i wouldnt say KU has lost that much ground but they are no longer the undisputed favorite

Scott Oswalt 4 months, 3 weeks ago

We're right in the mix. It's us or Duke. I like our chances. Such pessimistic attitudes these days.

Scott Oswalt 4 months, 3 weeks ago

You're wrong, Glen. We're 1st or 2nd in line. Do you follow KU bball recruiting?

Glen Miller 4 months, 3 weeks ago

I do, I follow this team probably just as much as anyone else. To almost unhealthy levels....... my point is that we went from a lock on this kid to now we aren't even favored any longer. Everything is projections, I'm aware.... but it's looking more and more like Duke will be his home.

Pius Waldman 4 months, 3 weeks ago

I honestly believe the effort to get a review by the NCAA may be the most important recruit needed. Someone needs to push the NCAA to allow for a hearing and make a final decision.

De Sousa deserves that as another year without playing doesn't make sense. There has been little information since the NCAA gave that harsh punishment. Even the court cases have punishments for less than 10 months yet De Sousa who didn't violate any laws has 2 years. Yikes

Greg Bowles 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Pius Waldman, totally agree. The NCAA has really screwed over De Sousa in this case. A one year suspension should have been more than enough, considering that he never knew of the payment to his guardian. If they do not reinstate him, this will be the harshest punishment handed down since the Pete Rose incident. alike you said, this cloud hanging over Kansas right now is really screwing with our recruiting abilities.

Layne Pierce 4 months, 3 weeks ago

If we don§t get Hurt or Precious, then we will need to look at Juco, or Transfer. Quite possible Mitch starts with McCormack, if DeSouza is not allowed to play. If DeSouza allowed to play, then possibly we would be OK.

Agree rumors may be hurting us, as well as uncertainty about who is going and who is staying. At this stage, let§s just get it decided and go from there.

RCJH

Craig Carson 4 months, 3 weeks ago

if KU has to start Lightfoot with McCormack then KU is screwed..DM is ready, but Mitch wont provide much offensive support

Robert Brock 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Look at how the Texas Tech roster was put together. Find a way.

Bee Bee 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Exactly. Look what coaching and D E F E N SE did for TECH.

Dirk Medema 4 months, 2 weeks ago

It is a shame we don't have NCOTY that can teach players to play elite defense.

Steve Zimmerman 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Most likely those top-10 will go to Dook again. Remember this?

“I think [college basketball] is actually pretty clean,” he told ESPN on Monday.

“I really haven’t followed it that much,” Krzyzewski said about the trial during his team’s media day press conference on Monday. “I think it’s minute, it’s a blip. It’s not what’s happening. ... We haven’t lost guys because someone cheated. I haven’t paid attention to it because I haven’t been affected by it.”

Dane Pratt 4 months, 3 weeks ago

If KU is guilty then so is Duke, along with pretty much everyone else in college basketball.

Dirk Medema 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Interesting that another (accused?) felon is now saying that he paid for Zion to go to "Nobody cheats better than us" University, so now that their NC season fell short again, they have decided to investigate.

Andy Godwin 4 months, 3 weeks ago

The recipe for the Final 4 was to play solid defense, shoot well from 3 and crash the boards. KU was not outstanding regarding any of these categories. Auburn made the Final 4 by playing at a fast pace and shooting more than half of their shots from 3. KU made it to the final 4 last year with their best outside shooting team only to lose to Villanova who rained threes. It would be nice if Self had some inside scoring and rebounding, but KU needs more reliable three-point shooters.

Armen Kurdian 4 months, 3 weeks ago

It's amazing to see how players to stay four years, almost w/o exception improve and get better year by year. Our teams have been littered with examples. Why Grimes would want to jump pro with the less than NBA caliber year he had makes no sense. I wonder how much he encourages guys to stay that are thinking of going pro. And every year there's more players formally going out for the NBA than there are spots, and those that don't make it get stuck in the G-League or playing overseas.

I would be very interested to know how many of each year's undrafted declarants end up playing in the NBA, and I mean not just a few games and gone.

Greg Bowles 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Armen, apparently Grimes was a star in High School, but making the jump to the college ranks,really showed that he was out of his element. I don't know why he thinks that the NBA would be any different. I don't think there is an NBA team out there, that would take a chance on him, given the season he had this year. Let him go to the combine and test the waters, then he will return to KU.

Jay Scott 4 months, 3 weeks ago

The nice thing for players is that they can go to draft workouts and get intelligent feedback before making a bad decision.

If only the people who post nonsense here could get such feedback before making fools of themselves.

Dennis Strick 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Okay, Let's all come to grips with this. De Sousa is never going to play for Kansas. I hope he is going to his classes because by the time he leaves he should be nearly graduated. The NCAA's appeal policy clearly states that an appeal must fall into one of four criteria. The only one that our appeal falls into is over-zealous punishment. There is no way that a team of NCAA appeal lawyer types are going to overrule the NCAA admins on this based on the previous, current, and expected court cases. Point two, if QG leaves it won't be for the NBA. He would leave to go pro for a while somewhere else and then hope to circle back to the NBA a few years down the road. He is a highly likely transfer candidate. There is something going on in the locker room with this team (was Vick, is he still a texting cancer to the players on this team?) are there two factions arguing about team direction? Matt Tait please get to the bottom of this but there is real potential for 5 players to leave/transfer (Moore, QG, KJ, Dedric, Dok) Vick & De Sousa out makes 7 in one season. Tell me something is NOT wrong with the program. It looked like Self quit coaching these guys after the away Texas Tech game and just let it ride the rest of the season knowing there was no team chemistry and nothing to work with for the future. How many freshman are on the starting rosters of the Final 4 teams..... 2 that's it. I think/hope/pray that Self is going back to what made him a HOF coach. Find the best 4-year talent you can and coach them up and sprinkle in 1 Mickey D's All American every year or every other year. We need point guard that improves with age and becomes a leader. Why he left his perfect team model I will never know.

Jay Scott 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Such a perfect example of the aforementioned nonsense.

Dennis Strick 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Jay, You are wrong on what you spew 99% of the time. You really should find another site to troll with your dribble.

Dirk Medema 4 months, 2 weeks ago

I think the word you're thinking of is "drivel" (= nonsense).

Somehow is seems appropriate though. Sounds almost reasonable, but actually misses the mark.

David Howell 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Jay, to keep your head in the sand is pretending that all will be well ...........

Will it ?

Jay Scott 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Who knows? There's sand only in bunkers in this part of the world.

Oh, I'm sorry. Were you making a failed attempt a a childish insult?

Joe Baker 4 months, 3 weeks ago

We have 3 papers available: Moore, Vick, DLaw, KLaw, and maybe Grimes(?)...We could get Beverly, Precious, and Hurt. I'd like to see Self get 1 dead eye sniper...Graham or Mason type shooter with a big heart.

We need

Dirk Medema 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Not sure how you're counting to 3. Could go as high as 9 I guess, though highly unlikely. We have:

  1. Unused 2018-19

  2. Vick

  3. Moore

  4. KLaw

? DLaw

? Dok

? Grimes

? Dotson

? Silvio

Craig Carson 4 months, 2 weeks ago

the last time KU was in a position that looked like the upcoming season might be trash or at least a massive let down due to failure to land impact full recruits combined with a limiting roster was the 2012-2013 season..that team had no logical reason why they won 30 games while making a sweet 16

Steve Zimmerman 4 months, 1 week ago

Clinton Lake is more enjoyable than red-tide ridden Miami beaches! Dang it!!

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