CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- The buzz around Reece Beekman entering the season circulated around the Charlottesville area, but there is no containing the hype after Beekman's start to the year.

In ESPN's latest NBA Mock Draft, Beekman is projected as a late first round draft pick, No. 28 overall. ESPN draft expert Jonathan Givony referred to Beekman as a "potential All-American" for his part in Virginia's 6-0 start to the season.

Beekman has done most of his best work in big games for No. 3 UVA, earning ACC Player of the Week honors after his performance in Las Vegas where Beekman had 10 points and 10 assists against Baylor followed up with an MVP performance scoring 17 points against Illinois.

The junior guard continued his stellar play on Tuesday night against Michigan, scoring 18 points with five assists, four rebounds and a couple crucial defensive stops late in the Cavaliers first road win of the season.

"Just more aggressive, he's attacking more, he's more athletic, he's stronger, his outside shot has improved," head coach Tony Bennett said, "I think he's an upperclassman and he's playing like that, he's assertive and aggressive in making some plays and then defensively doing the job."

The runner up for ACC Defensive Player of the Year last season has shown off a more well-rounded offensive game early on. Beekman currently leads the Cavaliers in points (11.8), assists (5.2) and steals (2.0), while shooting a career-best 57.1% from three and 46.8 from the field.

Beekman injured his ankle during the win at Michigan, but still played 38 minutes and is proving to be the big game player those in and outside the program saw him becoming.

"Reece I think 38 minutes, he's playing some good basketball for sure," Bennett said.