Beasley competes in McDonald's Game

MANHATTAN, Kan. Kansas State men’s basketball signee Michael Beasley will participate in the 30th anniversary of the McDonald’s All-American High School Boys Basketball Game on Wednesday at Freedom Hall in Louisville, Ky.  The game will tip at 7 p.m. CDT and air live on ESPN.


Apart of the consensus No. 1 recruiting class in the country, Beasley was one of 24 high school players selected to the McDonald’s All-American squad.  He was named to the team by a select group of prominent high school coaches, prep scouts and media from across the country, including distinguished high school coach Morgan Wooten of DeMatha Catholic High School and legendary former UCLA mentor John Wooden.  Beasley will compete as a member of the West squad, along with fellow Big 12 signees Cole Aldrich (Kansas), James Anderson (Oklahoma State) and Blake Griffin (Oklahoma).

Beasley finished second in the slam dunk contest to fellow Big 12 signee Blake Griffin (Oklahoma) on Monday.  The event will be aired before the game on Wednesday.


Beasley is the third signee in school history to be named a McDonald’s All-American, following Tom Freeman (1977; Lynwood, Calif.) and Deryl Cunningham (1991; Chicago, Ill.).  Freeman, who was named to the first McDonald’s team in 1977, was the first to start his career at Kansas State, while Cunningham transferred after a one-year stint at DePaul.


A member of head coach Bob Huggins’ first recruiting class at Kansas State, Beasley is considered one of the most highly-regarded high school recruits to ever join the program.  A 6-foot-10, 235-pound power forward originally from Washington, D.C., spent the past season at Notre Dame Prep in Fitchburg, Mass., where he averaged 28.0 points, 16.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 4.0 blocks per game. 


Beasley came to Notre Dame Prep after spending his junior season at Oak Hill Academy.  He averaged 20.1 points, 10.4 rebounds and 4.5 blocks per game in helping Oak Hill win a school-record 40 games (with just one loss) and finish with a No. 2 final ranking in the USA Today Super 25 High School poll and a No. 3 ranking in the final Student Sports FAB 50 poll.  He also recorded 21 double-doubles.       


Beasley is rated as the No. 1 overall prospect in the country by and the No. 5 prospect by  Both services rated him as the top power forward in the country.  He was selected to the 2006 Parade magazine All-America Boys’ Basketball second team.  Beasley was one of just three non-seniors named to the first three All-America teams by USA Today, as he was named to the All-USA High School Boys’ Basketball All-America third team.  In addition, he was one of just four juniors on the 20-man EA Sports High School Boys’ Basketball First Team and a Slam magazine All-American.


Beasley will be joined in August by fellow high school signees Fred Brown (Dwyer High/West Palm Beach, Fla.), Jacob Pullen (Proviso East/Maywood, Ill.) and Dominique Sutton (The Patterson School/Durham, N.C.).