AAU coach believes sky is the limit for V.J. Beachem

V.J. Beachem is practicing patience as his recruitment rolls along.

The 6-foot-7, 180-pound wing from the Fort Wayne area is among the top 50 players in the class of 2013 according to Rivals.com, but held just two scholarship offers as the first July evaluation period kicked off on Wednesday.

Matt Green, Beachem’s coach with the Eric Gordon All-Stars, said that college coaches are waiting to see how Beachem’s strength comes along this summer.

“He’s improving physically,” Green said after a pool play win at Northview Middle School. “Once he gets stronger, we all think that he has the most potential out of all of them (on the Eric Gordon 16-and-under team) to be the best.”

Beachem is receptive to the feedback on the importance of improving his strength and is in the weight room three to four times a week this summer.

“It’s tough. You guys probably can’t tell I’ve been working at it, but I have been working at it,” Beachem said with a smile.

Purdue was the first school to offer Beachem a scholarship and he added an offer from Butler earlier in the spring. Cincinnati, Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Tennessee and Xavier are also recruiting him.

The Fort Wayne native said three of his Eric Gordon teammates — Collin Hartman, Basil Smotherman and Devin Davis Jr. — have mentioned the possibility of playing together at the next level.

“I talk to them (Hartman and Davis) about it a little bit, not a whole lot,” he said. “Basil (Smotherman), on the other hand, says ‘You going to Purdue?’ just about every day I see him. Those guys, I talk to them a little about it. They talk to me about Coach Crean and about how they think I could fit in with them.”

Indiana coaches, including Tom Crean, have been spotted at Beachem’s games during the first few days of the evaluation period. He also heard from the staff on June 15, the first day college coaches could call class of 2013 prospects.

“I’m very interested in Indiana,” Beachem said. “Obviously them and Purdue are the big dogs in the state of Indiana and Coach Crean is a great coach and it’s a great program.”

Ultimately Green believes that his talented junior-to-be has the potential to make a big impact when he arrives at a school in the fall of 2013.

“Pure shooter, you leave the kid open, he’s going to stroke it,” he said. “Once he can get it physically going and improve his ball handling, the sky’s the limit for him.”

Watch over two minutes of Beachem from last week’s adidas Invitational in the embedded media player below. (Note: You can expand the video to full screen by using the arrows in the bottom right hand corner of the player.)

  • Anonymous

    Of all the 2013 guys he seems like he could really be an elite palyer. I really hope we look at him hard.

  • Anonymous

    Of all the 2013 guys he seems like he could really be an elite palyer. I really hope we look at him hard.

  • Uncle Joey

    Wish we had room for him… unfortunately we already have a tall, pure shooter in the class of 2013 a la Hartman.

    We’ve already got more wings than a bird sanctuary.

  • Uncle Joey

    Wish we had room for him… unfortunately we already have a tall, pure shooter in the class of 2013 a la Hartman.

    We’ve already got more wings than a bird sanctuary.

  • Uncle Joey

    Wish we had room for him… unfortunately we already have a tall, pure shooter in the class of 2013 a la Hartman.

    We’ve already got more wings than a bird sanctuary.

  • Uncle Joey

    Wish we had room for him… unfortunately we already have a tall, pure shooter in the class of 2013 a la Hartman.

    We’ve already got more wings than a bird sanctuary.

  • CrazyJoeDavola

    He’s more than a wing. He’s a player like Davis.

    You take a chance at him if you can.

  • Anonymous

    Uhh..yeah..don’t want to be playing against that guy at Purdue or anywhere else.  I believe there might be a reason he is ranked in the top 50 and our guys aren’t.  He is much more versatile than Hartman is on the wing.  As the evaluation says, Hartman’s body is more ready but V.J. could be a real stud.

    I see where some are coming from if we were to have both he and Hartman in the same class with all the other wings in 2012 and 2014 but it scares me to let a kid like this go. 

    He is not quite as tall and doesn’t quite have the verticle yet but looked like Kevin Durant’s brother out there…little KD.

  • 323SGrant

    But not more than KFC, vbg! Bring on V.J.

  • Kelin Blab

    At this point I have to ask what does Vj bring that is not in this current or the classes before or after? For me nothing. He is a helluva talent and if we didn’t have some of the other guys committed or on the team I would say go for it but I don’t see anything new here….sorry…

  • Kelin Blab

    At this point I have to ask what does Vj bring that is not in this current or the classes before or after? For me nothing. He is a helluva talent and if we didn’t have some of the other guys committed or on the team I would say go for it but I don’t see anything new here….sorry…

  • Kelin Blab

    At this point I have to ask what does Vj bring that is not in this current or the classes before or after? For me nothing. He is a helluva talent and if we didn’t have some of the other guys committed or on the team I would say go for it but I don’t see anything new here….sorry…

  • Plane1972

    Kelin, you know I respect what you have to say, but I wonder if we all need to prepare ourselves for a steady flow of 1-3 year talent on the roster. Hanner appears to be possible one-and-done based on his rebounding and finishing prowess alone. From the scouting reports, it doesn’t sound like people EXPECT him to have a polished offensive game before an NBA team will go for him. JH appears to be showing HE may be the best player in that class, not Harris, which means we may only have him for a 1-2 years. Yogi’s size may be a knock on his early entry potential, but you never know given the rave reviews he’s getting as well.

    My long-winded point is I think the coaching staff is recruiting like they do not expect to have some of these guys for very long and roster spots are going to be available. I think we’ve seen the Dukes, UNCs, and Kansases have those occasional “down” years when they were not prepared to refill the cupboard when they had an unplanned exodus on their roster. “Down” is a relative term here. Those programs have all been great even in down years. I just think CTC and the boys are recruiting so that they never get caught with their pants down because of early entrants or transfers.  

  • Anonymous

    I personally don’t think early leaves to the NBA will be much of an issue.  I could be wrong. 

  • Anonymous

    I personally don’t think early leaves to the NBA will be much of an issue.  I could be wrong. 

  • Anonymous

    William Buford

  • Anonymous

    He looks better in this video than when I saw him play.  In my opinion, he only can play the 2 if he stays that skinny cause I don’t think he looks that athletic or strong enough to guard a 3.  If that’s the case, he needs to work on his ball handeling and quickness.  Solid shooter, no doubt.  A taller more athletic Matt Roth?  That’s fine.  I agree with getting a few guys in that will stay for 4 years as well, and I think VJ fits that bill.  Maybe I’m missing something but I don’t get the wow factor that others have on this kid.  Solid but not a game changer that he is being presented as. 

  • Anonymous

    I think that coach Crean is really evaluating for the last few spots in 2013.  The kid from Mishawaka is very intriguing, so is a big in that class.  I would think that the next commit from 2013 will not come until next year.  We may not have any commitments for a while, which is fine.

  • cdog

    I agree.  This can be a problem when you get early commitments from players.  You don’t know who is going to develop the most.  VJ is ranked higher, right now, than either Hartman or Davis.  However, we have commitments from these two players and don’t need a third player that is similar.  Coach has said he is looking for a PG in the 2013 class.  I think that is his priority number one.  I also think he is trying to get another big man.  Over half of the projected 2013 roster is between 6’4″ and 6’7″.  We need bigs and a point guard to backup Yogi/Abell.

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