High School Basketball

Ex-Perry Central basketball star Braxton Beverly commits to Miami (Ohio)


Braxton Beverly, formerly a star point guard at Perry County Central, tweeted Tuesday that he committed to play at Miami (Ohio).

Beverly would have been a contender for Mr. Basketball honors this season, but he transferred to Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Va., this summer.

A.W. Hamilton, who played at Scott County and Hargrave and is entering his 10th year as head coach at the school, said he expects Beverly to fit in well with the coaches and players at Miami.

"Braxton is a very good player, but he's an even better young man," Hamilton said, "and I have no doubts he will have a tremendous career in Oxford."

The class of 2016 standout spent three seasons with the AAU Travelers, coached by Andre Mahorn. Beverly was part of two teams that advanced to the AAU circuit's season-ending Peach Jam tournament.

"He's every teammate and coach's dream," Mahorn said of Beverly, whom he called a "really good kid" who's been successful on and off the court.

Mahorn said he's seen Beverly go up against multiple pro players and first-round draft picks in his time in the Nike EYBL. Beverly handled those challenges with composure, which impressed Mahorn.

"He's always stayed level-headed," Mahorn said. "Never seemed overwhelmed or rattled by anything. Just a true student of the game."

Mahorn thinks Beverly's move to Hargrave was about getting more opportunity to play against better competition. "The preparation of Hargrave, that was a big thing for him," Mahorn said.

Practice alone should prove to be more challenging from a sheer talent standpoint. Hargrave's postgraduate team includes two players ranked in ESPN's top 100: Ohio State commit Derek Funderburk (No. 43) and De'Riante Jenkins (No. 60), who has offers from Georgia, Indiana, LSU, Missouri, South Carolina and Tennessee. Navy commit Evan Wieck and former West Jessamine standout Brooks Ely are also on the Hargrave roster.

Hargrave has produced 88 Division I and nine NBA players, the most recent being former Cardinals Terry Rozier and Montrezl Harrell.

Beverly was seventh in state scoring at 24.6 points per game last season. He guided the Commodores to a 23-11 season that ended with a 53-31 loss to Knott County Central in the 14th Region championship game.