|# 21 Patrick Beverley|
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Last year’s Southeastern Conference newcomer and freshman of the year, guard Patrick Beverley ranked among SEC individual leaders in nine of 13 categories. Over the summer, he led the USA Basketball Under-19 team to a silver medal finish in the World Championships at Serbia. The U.S. went 8-1 with Beverley leading the team in scoring (13.0), assists (3.2) and steals (3.4). He tied for second in rebounding (5.3), was second in three-point shooting (.394, 13-33) and third in free-throw shooting (.750, 18-24). He set a USA Basketball team record with 31 steals, shattering the previous mark of 20 set by Buck Johnson in 1983, and tied for fourth with 29 assists.
After ranking among the SEC’s individual leaders in nine of 13 categories, Beverley won just about every award possible last year. The SEC newcomer and freshman of the year was second-team All-SEC, a first-team freshman All-American by CollegeInsider.com, a second-team freshman All-American by Basketball Times, a third-team freshman All-American by Rivals and CollegeHoops.net, second-team All-District 9 by the National Association of Basketball Coaches, second-team All-District VII by the United States Basketball Writers Association, a three-time SEC Freshman of the Week and named to the Old Spice Classic all-tournament team.
He was 16th in the SEC in scoring (13.9), tied for 29th in rebounding (4.5), 15th in assists (3.14), sixth in steals (1.74), third in free-throw percentage (.812), eighth in three-point percentage (.386), 11th in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.57), 12th in three-point goals per game (2.09) and fourth in minutes played (34.37).
He led the team in scoring, steals, free-throw shooting, three-point shooting, three-point goals per game and minutes played, and was second in assists and assist-to-turnover ratio. He led the team in scoring 14 times, in assists 10 times and in double-figure scoring games with 24.
In SEC play, he averaged 14.6 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.4 steals while shooting 40.6 percent on threes and 85.3 percent at the line. He was 13th in the league in scoring, 15th in assists, 11th in steals, fourth in three-point percentage and second in free-throw percentage. He was also seventh in threes per game (2.4), second in minutes played (36.56) and 13th in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.33) to rank among league leaders in eight of 13 areas.
Beverley averaged 14.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists in 16 games at home; 15.0 points 4.6 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 10 road games; 15.1 points, 5.6 rebounds and 3.4 rebounds in seven games against ranked teams; and 15.2 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 11 games against NCAA Tournament teams.
In his debut against Southeast Missouri State (11/10) in the season-opener, he scored 29 points in 28 minutes. He was 11-of-13 from the floor, including 6-of-7 on threes. He added five rebounds, four assists and four steals. His point total ties for the fourth-best by a freshman in school history. It was also the most for a Hog in a season-opener since All-American Sidney Moncrief had 30 against Oklahoma to start his senior season in 1979.
For his effort, Beverley earned the SEC Freshman of the Week honor, the first one ever awarded, and was named the Diaper Dandy of the Week by Dick Vitale.
In the win over Southern Illinois (11/23) in the Old Spice Classic, he was 4-of-6 from the floor, finishing with 12 points, five rebounds and four steals. In the semifinal win over Marist (11/24), he had a team-high 15 points, five assists and four steals along with four rebounds and two blocked shots. He helped UA win the title and was named to the all-tournament team with seven points, six rebounds and five assists in the championship game victory over West Virginia (11/26). He also earned SEC Freshman of the Week honors for the second time in three weeks.
In the loss at
He was 7-of-9 shooting and scored a game-high 19 points with three steals against Oakland (12/14). At
Against Oral Roberts (12/22), he had game highs of 25 points and four steals while also adding four rebounds, four assists and two blocked shots. He was 5-of-9 from the floor and 13-of-15 at the line. He had 13 points, four rebounds and two steals against Louisiana Tech (12/30). In the win over
In the win over No. 8 Alabama (1/6), he tied for game-high scoring honors with 18 points, and added five rebounds and four assists. He had 15 points, five rebounds and five assists in the loss at Ole Miss (1/13).
In the win at No. 12 Alabama (1/27), he was 5-of-10 shooting, including 2-of-2 on threes, and 7-of-8 at the line, finishing with 19 points, five rebounds and two assists in 39 minutes. He made 5-of-6 free throws in the final 2:24.
In the loss to No. 24 Kentucky (2/3), he scored a game-high 25 points on 8-of-14 shooting, including 5-of-8 on threes, and added four rebounds and three assists. Beverley was solid in the win over Auburn (2/7), making 5-of-9 shots and finishing with 13 points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals in 40 minutes.
At LSU (2/10), he was only 5-of-13 shooting, including 1-of-6 on threes, but led the team with 17 points while adding three assists and two steals.
Beverley made 7-of-13 shots, including 6-of-11 threes, and had game highs of 24 points and four steals along with five rebounds and five assists in the home win over Ole Miss (2/17). He had nine points and three rebounds in the previous game at Mississippi State (2/14) to earn SEC Freshman of the Week honors for the third time.
At Auburn (2/21), he made just 6-of-16 shots, but led the team with 16 points. His missed his first nine shots, but hit two big threes late in the win over Mississippi State (2/28). He finished with 10 points and five rebounds.
Beverley recorded the first double-double of his career in the win at No. 19 Vanderbilt (3/3). He was 10-of-11 at the line, finishing with 20 points, a game-high 10 rebounds, a game-high tying four assists and two steals. In the SEC Tournament quarterfinals against Vanderbilt (3/9), he was just 5-of-14 shooting, but had 18 points, three rebounds and three assists with no turnovers.
In the NCAA Tournament against Southern California (3/16), he led the team with 15 points, but was just 4-of-13 from the floor while going 7-of-8 at the line.
In High School:
As a senior at Chicago Marshall High, he led the state in scoring with 37.3 points while also adding 8.0 steals, 6.0 assists and 6.0 rebounds for Coach Lamont Bryant. He led his team to a third-place finish in Class AA with a 35-3 record.
Beverley scored 40 or more points nine times and 30 or more 18 times, and made nine threes in a career-high 48-point outing. He shot 56 percent from the field, 44.8 percent from three-point range and 91.2 percent from the line. Ranked the No. 59 prospect in the nation and the No. 14 shooting guard by Scout.com, and the No. 64 player in the nation by Rivals.com, he was third in voting for Mr. Basketball in the state of
Selected to play in the Roundball Classic, a national all-star game played in the
As a junior, he averaged 26 points on a 28-2 squad.
He signed with
Beverley’s scoring average as a senior (37.3) was the highest for an incoming freshman at Arkansas since 1987 when Cannon Whitby averaged 40 points as a senior at Obion County (Tenn.) High in 1986.
Born July 12, 1988, his parents are Patrick Bracy and Lisa Beverley. He is majoring in criminal justice.
2006-07 SEASON HIGHS
Points: 29, SEMO (11/10)
FG Attempts: 16, Aub (2/21)
FG Made: 11, SEMO (11/10)
3 Pt FGA: 11,
3 Pt FGM: 6, SEMO (11/10),
FT Attempts: 15, ORU (12/22)
FT Made: 13, ORU (12/22)
Off. Rebounds: 6,
Def. Rebounds: 9, VU (3/3)
Total Rebounds: 10, VU (3/3)
Blocks: 2, MC (11/24), ORU (12/22)