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On the floor: One of the state’s best point guards and a 2016 Mr. Basketball candidate, Beverly is a dynamic scorer and distributor. He averaged 24.6 points – seventh in the state – and seven assists for the 14th Region runner-up. Beverly, who scored 23 points in a state tournament game in seventh grade and became a varsity starter in eighth grade, is in line to have his name mentioned many times in the KHSAA record book. He has 2,558 career points – 17 shy of the school record – and could finish in the state’s top 10 with a senior year similar to this season. His 743 assists are already No. 6 in state history, and he has a chance to join June Buchanan’s Clark Stepp as the only players with 3,000 points and 1,000 assists.
Off the floor: Still-basketball-related, but outside of high school competition, Beverly has been a mainstay for the Kentucky Travelers club in the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League – the country’s most talent-packed summer circuit and one full of future NBA players. Beverly is one of only two current players – along with five-star Houston guard De’Aaron Fox – to play three straight years in the EYBL’s upper-level 17-and-under division.
Future: Beverly’s offers include Western Kentucky, Northern Kentucky, Winthrop, Miami (Ohio), Samford, Marshall, Ball State and Cleveland State. Notre Dame and West Virginia have shown recent interest.
Quotable: “He’s like a coach on the floor,” coach Shannon Hoskins said. “He’s played so much and in so many big basketball games that sometimes I can just look at him, and he knows. … I think he’s the best player in the state. He does more for us than I think other people have to do for their team.”