MEQUON, Wisconsin — Harlond Beverly, widely considered the third-best 2019 basketball recruit in Michigan, is seeing his recruitment heat up as dominoes across the country start to fall.
The consensus 4-star, top-80 combo guard spoke with the Detroit Free Press at last week’s NY2LA Summer Jam, breaking down his top schools, commitment timetable and upcoming visit plans.
The Spartans gave Beverly his second high-major offer last August and have made the Southfield product a priority since. Tom Izzo and associate head coach Dwayne Stephens were courtside for Beverly the first day of the Summer Jam.
“It’s great. It’s the hometown school, I watched them growing up,” Beverly said. “A lot of kids I know went there and are doing great in life. He’s a Hall of Fame coach.
“We talk quite a bit. (Izzo) called me after the Mac Irvin game. He was just really pleased with how I played — felt like I have made a lot of growth throughout the summer, and he said that I’ve been working hard. So that felt good. They have (prioritized me).”
Technically, Michigan State will no longer be the “hometown team” as Beverly will conclude his prep career next year at Florida powerhouse Montverde Academy.
John Beilein watched Beverly for two days at the Summer Jam. In the post-D.J. Carton recruiting world, it’s thought Beverly could surge to the top of the Wolverines’ 2019 point guard big board.
Beilein hasn’t yet extended an offer, but you can expect Michigan to get eyes on Beverly again next week when his R.E.A.C.H. Legends AAU team closes July in Orlando.
“We talk quite a bit — I talk to Coach Beilein a few times a week,” Beverly said. “They just want to see a little more out of me. They said, if I play up to their standards, an offer will be there. Just keep getting better.
“(He likes my) versatility — big guard, shooting getting better. Just a big versatile guard.”
Scott Drew gave Beverly his first high-major offer last August.
“That’s another school I’ve been watching since I was young because I have a lot of family that went there — people I grew close to over time,” Beverly said. “Coach Drew, he calls me every day. They’re coming really hard. They have a good style of play. Their guards always score. Nice weather down there.”
“That’s Coach (Shaka) Smart. He calls me a lot, too,” Beverly said. “He’s a funny dude, I like him a lot. He’s really exciting, always makes me feel like I’m really good and that I can come there and produce. It feels like he believes in me, and that’s big for anybody who wants to go to college and play for a coach that believes in you.”
“Coach (Chris) Mack, he used to coach at Xavier so that relationship came from there,” Beverly said. “I really liked how he coached when he was at Xavier — free offense, open, a lot of pick and roll, pass and cut. He likes big guards, too, so that’s what made me appealing to him. He always just said I can come wherever he’s at in the country. That’s another one who makes me feel like he really believes in me, and that’s great from a coach.”
Xavier had a constant presence at Beverly’s games last week — even on Sunday, when he was out with a minor thigh injury.
“I really like Xavier,” Beverly said. “Coach (Travis) Steele, he’s been recruiting me as long as anybody. The offer wasn’t necessarily always there, but he’s been recruiting me for a long, long time. Xavier always has good guards. They have a connection with Detroit because there are a lot of Detroit kids that went there — Edmond Sumner, Jalen Reynolds. I know them, so that’s a good connection there, too.”
The Gators jumped into this race recently, offering Beverly in late June.
“I feel like they’re really making the push to get me,” he said, “making me feel like a big priority. It feels good.”
Visits and commitment timetable
Beverly said he hopes to trim down his list of choices soon — hopefully by September or October, at the latest. Then he’d like to take “three or four” official visits.
He does, however, have one unofficial visit scheduled to Florida. Beverly is set to report to Montverde on Aug. 15, so he’s going to stop in Gainesville on the way there on either Aug. 13 or 14.
Once at Montverde, Beverly said he’ll focus on scheduling more visits.
“I’ll get all my officials sorted out once I get down there — figure out which days will be good for me to visit and what’s convenient for the coaches and the team,” he said.