There’s no guarantee that any recruit will live up to expectations. But for Ohio State fans, the last Braxton (Miller) worked out pretty well. Now, it’s time for the next one: Braxton Beverly.
Who is Braxton Beverly? He’s a 5-foot-11, 170-pound point guard out of Hazard, Ky., who leads the way at Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Va. He is a former Miami (Ohio) University commitment who decided to reclassify as a 2017 prospect in order to try to improve his recruiting opportunities.
Ohio State offered him two weeks prior to his October official visit, which ended with him committing to the Buckeyes two days later. Now, a month after that decision, he’s officially a member of the Ohio State Buckeyes, signing his national letter of intent during a Wednesday ceremony at his school.
So what are the Buckeyes getting? Why did they go after a player who is just the country’s 64th-ranked point guard?
Let’s get that answer from Beverly himself.
“My toughness and my willingness to work hard and lead a team,” Beverly said when asked that exact question. “I’ve always watched Steve Nash, Jason Williams, Chris Paul and try to incorporate anything from them into my game that I can. I’m more of a pass-first point guard who can also score the ball. Mainly, I’ll do whatever I need to do to help my team get the win each time we play.”
It was that attitude that caught the Buckeyes’ attention. Ohio State, recruiting current Buckeyes freshman Derek Funderburk, noticed Beverly during those trips to Virginia. Funderburk and Beverly won a national title together at Hargrave, and the duo will get a chance to play alongside each other next season in Columbus. That continuity and familiarity, a feeling of comfort, is what he noticed in the Buckeyes program.
“After talking to the coaches and meeting them, I knew I would work well with them,” he said. “I knew that we would be good together. Then while on the visit, it just seemed to come to me that Ohio State is where I want to be. How hard they work with us, on and off the floor, in the classroom, to become the best we can be and prepare us for life after college. The fan support is unreal and the relationship I’ve built so far with all the coaching staff. That’s why I chose Ohio State.
“I’m excited to become a Buckeye and to make some noise out on the court.”
Last season, Beverly dropped a 70-point game that included 14 three-point baskets.
That said, he’s not a scorer first. He’s a leader at point guard. His coach at Hargrave, AW Hamilton, told 247Sports.com that Beverly was “without question” one of the best point guards in the country.
“He’s an elite shooter, passer, incredible using ball screens and has a high basketball IQ. But the best thing about Braxton is his character — you’re not gonna find a better person than Braxton Beverly.”
Next Wednesday, Ohio State will add its second 2017 signee – 4-star center Kaleb Wesson – during a ceremony at Westerville (Ohio) South High School. Thad Matta will address the signings of both players later that afternoon. Beverly and Wesson are already familiar with each other.
“We actually know of each other from previous years playing in the EYBL,” Beverly said. “We’re staying in touch so we’ll know about each other going into Ohio State next year. We’re both just ready to get this rolling with becoming Buckeyes and getting prepared for next year.”