February 26, 2007

Beasley offers glimpse into the future

Michael Beasley came close to signing his name in blood. But he didn't do it. About 30 minutes after he received the MVP award at the All-American Shootout at Bramlage Coliseum on Sunday afternoon, Beasley and his family entourage were making their way down the northeast concourse. A fan asked him to sign a basketball. He pointed to his left index finger.

"Oh Michael," Fatima Smith whined in a tone that could only belong to a mother, "you're dripping blood all over."

Somebody handed Beasley a napkin. He wrapped his index finger, grabbed a silver Sharpie and began signing away.

A majority of the 3,196 were already gone. And soon, so was Beasley, the man of the day, the No. 1 recruit in America and the highest-rated player to ever sign at Kansas State, who sauntered down the concourse in white socks and with a cut index finger that he suffered earlier. Beasley had switched from his white and black high school uniform. He now wore a purple K-State warm-up top and jersey shorts and was going to join his high school teammates to watch the Wildcats' practice.

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