July 4, 2006

Beasley helps USA bring home gold

Kansas State commitment Michael Beasley was one of 12 players chosen for the 2006 USA Basketball Men's Under 18 team that competed in the FIBA Americas Championship in San Antonio throughout the weekend. The United States completed the tournament with a 4-0 record and brought home the gold medals with a 104-82 victory over Argentina on Sunday.

"Being here was a great experience," the 6-foot-9, 235-pound Beasley said. "It was good to get a chance to play against a lot of different countries and see how we could stack up against them. We played well as a team on both ends of the court. I am very glad I participated in the tournament."

Beasley was one of eight players from the Class of 2007 to make the roster. Four members of the 2006 Rivals150 - Washington's Spencer Hawes, Connecticut's Stanley Hamilton, Georgetown's DaJuan Summers and Duke's Lance Thomas - were part of the roster as well.

"I knew most of the guys from before," Beasley said. "I hadn't played with them before. There were a lot of really good players on our team."

Beasley led Team USA in scoring, averaging 13.8 points per game. He also pulled down 8.3 rebounds each game.

"Just coming down here and playing for Team USA was a great experience," Beasley said when asked for his best moment of the tournament. "I was fortunate to be one of the few players chosen to represent my country. It was an honor to be able to play for USA Basketball and play for my country."

The five-star rated prospect played the 2005-06 season at Oak Hill Academy, but will be moving to another school for his senior season, but has yet to decide where he will go.

"I haven't decided where I am going next year, yet," the No. 4 ranked prospect in the nation said. "I'll hopefully be able to figure out that before long."

Beasley indicated last month his future home was likely between two schools.

"I am looking at two schools to pick from," he said. "It is between Notre Dame Prep and Worcester Prep."

As a junior at Oak Hill, Beasley averaged 20.1 points, 10.4 rebounds and 4.5 blocks per game while posting 21 double-double performances. Oak Hill finished with a 40-1 record and a No. 2 final national ranking.

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