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Virginia guard Reece Beekman projecting as late first-round NBA pick in 2023

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Reece Beekman. Photo: UVA Athletics

ESPN NBA Draft analyst Jonathan Givony has Virginia guard Reece Beekman projecting as a late first-round draft pick next summer.

Beekman’s stock has no doubt risen with his outputs in wins over Baylor, Illinois and Michigan in the past two weeks.

In the 86-79 win over Baylor in Vegas on Nov. 18, Beekman had a double-double – 10 points and 10 assists – in 34 minutes, and he followed that up with 17 points and three assists in the 70-61 win over Illinois on Nov. 20.

Tuesday night in the 70-68 win at Michigan, Beekman had 18 points, on 7-of-10 shooting, and five assists.

It’s a small sample size, but 15 points and six assists per game against top competition – Givony listed Baylor’s Keyonte George, Illinois’ Coleman Hawkins and Terrance Shannon Jr. and Michigan’s Jett Howard as 2028 first-rounders – will get your attention.

What’s standing out this season for Beekman is his improved three-point shooting (57.1 percent), his ability to get to the rim (he was 4-of-6 at the rim vs. Illinois, 5-of-6 at the rim vs. Michigan) and his elite defense.

Givony notes also that Beekman’s 7.5 assists per 40 minutes pace-adjusted ranks second among the college prospects in ESPN’s Top 100.

“Even if Beekman’s offensive arsenal has some questions, the way he defends gives him a very high floor and should allow him to carve out a niche early in his NBA career,” Givony wrote.

Chris Graham

Chris Graham

In addition to being the editor of Augusta Free Press, I've written seven books, including Poverty of Imagination and Team of Destiny: Inside Virginia Basketball’s Run to the 2019 National Championship, both published in 2019, and The Worst Wrestling Pay-Per-View Ever, published in 2018. For my commentaries on news, sports and politics, go to my YouTube page, Want to reach me? Try [email protected].

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