Draft Projection: Late first to early second
Notes: Beverly played his first two years for Arkansas and then dropped out of school and has been playing professionally in the Ukraine for BC Dnipro. He's averaging 17.6 ppg and 4 apg.
# Scoring guard with good slashing ability
# Explosive leaper
# Long arms make up for lack of size
# Great motor
# NBA range on his 3-point jumper
# Emerging playmaker
# Tenacious defender
# Vocal on the court
# A tweener?
# Lacks ideal size to play the 2
# Has been somewhat of a mystery to scouts this season
# Need to add strength
# A little bit streaky as a shooter
# Basketball IQ not ideal
# Questions about why he left Arkansas
Summary: June 8 Update: Beverley put on one of the most energetic performances in Eurocamp history. He was absolutely relentless on both ends of the floor, playing with a big chip on his shoulder, trying to prove to the scouts in attendance that he belongs in the NBA (he played two years of college ball at Arkansas). They were paying attention.
Offensively, Beverley is lightning in a bottle, shooting up and down the floor, attacking the rim with explosive dunks, weaving in and out of defenses to find an open jump shooter and knocking down jump shot after jump shot. His two best games came on Saturday (14 points, 6 boards, 5 steals, 4 assists) and Sunday morning (11 points, 6 assists, 5 boards, 2 steals). Most importantly for scouts trying to figure out if Beverley is a point guard, he didn't commit a single turnover.
Defensively, Beverley was a nightmare for the slower, more finesse-oriented European players. My favorite Beverley play had to be when he forcefully blocked out 6-foot-10 Vladimir Dasic on three consecutive plays. You don't see 6-1 guys do that every day. And while scouts remain split on his potential to play the point, they seem sold on his future as an NBA player.
"He's going to make a team if he keeps playing defense like that," one NBA GM said. "A lot of young guys fall out of the league because they aren't willing to work and do the little things that a coach asks them to. Beverley will do that. I thought he was terrific, and he proved to me that he wanted it. He wasn't on my draft board before this camp. He is now."
Virtually every other GM and scout I spoke with agreed. Given Beverley's strong workouts in Miami and Chicago and in the group workouts in Minnesota and at Golden State, I don't think you can count him out of the late first round. It's a long shot, but he's done enough over the past few weeks to go from a virtual unknown to a serious prospect.
May 27 Update: Watching his talent, it's hard to see him slipping out of the second round. We've moved him up about 15 places on our Big Board and could move him up again if he continues to get positive feedback from workouts. See the full Chad Ford Insider story
Feb 27 Update: Beverley was a pretty interesting 2-guard at Arkansas from 2006-2008. But at 6-foot-1, he didn't have much of a chance of playing that position in the NBA. So Beverley left Arkansas after his sophomore season and went to the Ukraine to work on his point-guard skills. The results have been impressive. He is averaging 17 points and four assists (those assists translate to something like six to seven assists in the U.S.).
Scouts say Beverley has made a lot of progress at the point and, after watching some tape of him this week, I have to agree. As a 20-year-old with a season of pro basketball under his belt, I think he could be a player who, if he can convince teams he can play the point, could be another sleeper in this year's draft.