Euroleague Final Four--NBA Storylines May 5, 2010 There are not many 21-year-old players seeing significant rotation minutes at this level of European basketball--and surely none of them are American. Miami Heat 2009 draftee Patrick Beverley is doing just that, though, playing an important role as an energizer and defensive stopper off the bench for a very good Olympiacos team. He's extremely efficient inside the arc, contributes as a rebounder and is a pace-changer with the pressure he's able to put on the ball defensively.
Beverely stepped up after Von Wafer was unceremoniously dismissed from the team back in December and hasn't looked back. His limitations as a perimeter shooter and playmaker can be pretty glaring at this level, but, considering his age and the experience he's garnering under Coach Panagiotis Giannakis, it's tough to say that he would have been better off honing his craft on a bad Arkansas team rather than playing for one of the best squads in the world outside the NBA. [Read Full Article] A.T.T.A.C.K. Athletics Workout May 26, 2009 Interview:
Beverley is a guy we’ll probably focus on more heavily when we get a chance to evaluate him at the Reebok EuroCamp in Treviso in two weeks, but he left a nice impression from what we were able to see here. He’s a lanky guard with a skinny frame and a nice wingspan, as well as solid athletic ability. His main virtue lies in his very quick and aggressive first step, which allows him to create his own shot and get into the paint at a good rate. Beverley’s jumper wasn’t falling very consistently from NBA range, but he appears to have the ability to make shots, particularly off the dribble. Defensively he looked pretty focused and intense. Beverley took an interesting route to the NBA draft, as you’ll hear in the interview we conducted with him. The year he spent in the Ukraine obviously helped him mature quite a bit as a person. [Read Full Article] Top NBA Draft Prospects in the SEC (Part One: #1-#5) October 3, 2007 From a pure-production standpoint, Beverley had an outstanding freshman season, walking away as the SEC’s freshman of the year. The talented guard from the Chicago area will look to come back his sophomore season and establish himself as one of the top players in the SEC, while trying to win games and impress scouts at the same time.
Beverley is a streak scorer who can absolutely light it up from the perimeter when ‘on’. A threat as a set shooter and off the dribble, he makes some very difficult shots against even the best defenses. As a freshman, he shot 39% from behind the arc on the season, an impressive feat considering that he hoisted five threes per game. Beverley’s also utilizes an impressive mid-range game to his advantage, showing the ability to pull up from 15 feet or shoot the floater over bigger players inside the paint.
Defensively, Beverley plays with good all-around effort, and uses his length well to keep the offense from penetrating. Help defense positioning appears to be another strength for the sophomore guard, though he does struggle to fight through screens against stronger players at times.
To make the jump to the NBA, Beverley will have to prove he can become more of a distributor. Last season, he spent a good amount of time playing the 2 guard spot, and didn’t exactly show great floor general skills while manning the point. When driving to the hoop, he seems much too focused on finding his own shot rather than breaking down the defense and finding the open man. Beverley does show some solid passing skills in the open court, and his role as a scorer might limit what he can show as a point guard, however.
Physically, Beverley lacks the ideal size for the NBA, and really needs to add weight to his frame. At the next level, bigger guards will be able to punish him in one on one situations, where they will just back him down and score. Beverley shows good quickness in the open court, but he rarely takes advantage of this in the half court setting. Rather than penetrating all the way to the basket and drawing a foul, it seems that he chooses to take a more difficult floater at times, which has an effect on his scoring efficiency.
Patrick Beverley has the tools to play in the NBA, but he must further develop his point guard skills to reach his potential. His shooting could make a very nice compliment off the bench in the NBA, and a Daniel Gibson type of role would make sense for him at the next level. If he can show progress as a sophomore and lead Arkansas into the NCAA Tournament, Beverley will help his draft stock considerably. [Read Full Article] U-19 World Championship Review: Guards August 19, 2007 Playing almost full-time as a shooting guard, Beverley emerged as perhaps the best player on the US Team, taking full advantage of his shooting stroke, while also providing some secondary distribution to fuel the team's ball flow. In the end, he led the team in scoring and assists, being the player who stood out the most on court for the American team.
The most obvious skill Beverley puts on display is his wonderful shooting touch, particularly from mid-range distances. He's money in the bank either in spot-up fashion, off the dribble even after crossover moves, or coming of a cutter. He shows elegant mechanics, with nice elevation and a fluid release. His range goes out to the three-point line, being also able to knock down off-the-dribble treys, but visibly more comfortable in spot-up mode. Using his nice quickness and very solid ball-handling skills, Beverley can create his own shot or attack the basket, either to finish himself or effectively dish the ball. Still, he eventually forced too much, over-dribbling and allowing opposing defenses to collapse on him, even if that wasn’t the most consistent pattern at all.
Still, what didn't come clear out of his performance in the championship is his ability to successfully run the point and distribute the ball as a playmaker. Our personal guess is that he won't have much trouble in this regard, as he seems to enjoy the tools and showed a nice ability to find open teammates. He's obviously extremely undersized for a shooting guard, and his NBA hopes rely on how well he fills a playmaking role. [Read Full Article] DraftExpress 2006-2007 SEC Postseason Awards March 5, 2007 Freshman of the Year: Patrick Beverley, 6-1, Point Guard, Arkansas
This was a disappointing season for Arkansas, one that could very well see coach Stan Heath being fired due to his team’s continuous underachievement, but the light at the end of the tunnel for Razorback fans is there in a freshman point guard who looks to be developing into a bona fide SEC star. Beverley, a late signee out of Chicago, led Arkansas in points, assists, steals, and minutes played. With no departing seniors on the roster, Arkansas should be considered one of the top teams in the preseason SEC rankings next fall. [Read Full Article] Roundball Classic: Game Recap April 12, 2006 The Chicago native had a very nice performance at the Roundball, although he still projects as more of a SG then a PG at the moment. He showed the ability to break down virtually every guard that the East team had to offer, and made some very sound decisions with the ball in his hands. The Marshall High guard has been one of the fastest rising players in the nation this past spring, and scoring 35 points per game this past high school season didn’t hurt him either. He is currently considering Michigan, Arkansas, and St. John’s and has said that he sees himself as a “Daniel Horton type guard”, which is a pretty accurate description of his style of play. [Read Full Article]