Beekman invited to NBA Draft Combine
CHICAGO, Il. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- Virginia guard Reece Beekman was among the played invited to the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago, the next step in making his final decision.
Beekman was one of 78 players invited to the combine from May 15-21 in Chicago. Players maintaining their college eligibility have until May 31 to decide whether to stay in the NBA Draft or return to school.
Entering the combine Beekman is currently ranked as the 54th prospect by ESPN and ranked 61st by The Athletic. Most sites have Beekman going in the late second round to going undrafted, but the combine presents a chance for the UVA guard to enhance his draft status.
In his most recent scouting report, ESPN's Jonathan Givony ranked Beekman higher than most other draft analysts, but had concerns about the finish to the season.
"Beekman's strong feel for the game and outstanding defensive versatility and instincts give him a good chance to carve out an NBA career," Givony wrote, "but the disappointing ending to his season both individually and on a team level suggests that returning to Virginia for his senior year is likely in his best interest."
As a junior, Beekman won ACC Defensive Player of the Year honors, while averaging career-highs in points (9.5), assists (5.3) and three-point shooting (35.1%).