V.J. Beachem noticing who is interested, evaluating him

INDIANAPOLIS — If V.J. Beachem wants to play with an Eric Gordon All-Stars teammate, he has options.

Devin Davis and Collin Hartman have both verbally committed to Indiana. Basil Smotherman has not been shy about pushing Beachem to Purdue. Even Zak Irvin, the other top uncommitted prospect on the roster, and Beachem share a very similar list of schools.

And, at this point, the 6-foot-7 small forward in the class of 2013 seems very open to all options, including none of the above.

He has that choice because while Purdue and Butler remain his only offers, there are a long list of schools evaluating the New Haven product (ranked No. 42 nationally by Rivals.com).

“I saw Jamie Dixon, coach (Tom) Crean, coach (Tom) Izzo, coach (Thad) Matta, coach Anthony Solomon from Notre Dame,” Beachem said after his first pool play game.

Impressing those head coaches is driving him right now, Beachem admitted.

“I kinda use it for motivation,” Beachem said. “‘Hey, I was talking to him the other day’ or ‘Hey I’ve visited that school.’ For them to come see me play, it’s great.”

Crean and assistant coach Steve McClain both talked to Beachem on June 15, the first day they could talk to rising juniors.

“They would love to see me at their program,” Beachem said.

Still, there is not a scholarship offer. Beachem said it is difficult to tell if one is coming anytime soon, but said he “would love to get an offer from IU.”

The Eric Gordon All-Stars are more than a tad redundant at the forward position, with Beachem, Irvin, Davis and Hartman all naturally suited to play there.

It did not work at first, but has showed signs of coming around (though the team did lose to the Michigan Mustangs in today’s tournament).

“We play with each other now,” Beachem said. “So it can work in college too.”