Beckham was a standout player at Ballard High School, committed at one point to IUPUI, spent a year at prep school in New Hampshire, two-plus seasons at Mississippi State and will now join UK’s program as a preferred walk-on. Beckham can play both guard positions and describes himself as a “pass-first” guard. Due to transfer rules, he will not be eligible to play until the spring semester of the 2011-12 season.
Status: UK player
Last school: Mississippi State
High school: Ballard
Prep school: New Hampton (N.H.)
Rivals ranking: 3-star recruit (2008)
Scout ranking: 3-star recruit (2008)
ESPN ranking: 40 out of 100 (2008)
|Nov. 12||Tennessee State||W, 75-65||0 pts, 4 rebs, 13 min|
|Nov. 19||Appalachian State||W, 76-74||2 pts, 7 asts, 26 min|
|Nov. 22||Detroit||W, 82-76||9 pts, 6 asts, 19 min|
|Nov. 26||Troy||W, 92-83||2 pts, 2 asts, 14 min|
|Nov. 30||Florida Atlantic||L, 61-59||6 pts, 20 min|
|Dec. 11||East Tennessee State||L, 63-62||4 pts, 4 asts, 21 min|
|Dec. 12||North Carolina A&T||W, 74-58||0 pts, 3 asts, 11 min|
|Dec. 13||Nicholls State||W, 67-58||0 pts, 3 min|
|Dec. 14||Alabama State||W, 67-46||6 pts, 5 rebs, 13 min|
|Dec. 18||Virginia Tech||L, 88-57||2 pts, 13 min|
|Dec. 22||Washington State||L, 83-57||3 pts, 2 asts, 12 min|
|Dec. 23||San Diego||W, 69-52||2 pts, 17 min|
|Dec. 25||Hawaii||L, 68-57||2 pts, 5 rebs, 14 min|
|Dec. 29||St. Mary’s||L, 94-72||2 pts, 3 rebs, 24 min|
March 24, 2007: Beckham’s high school career at Ballard ends with a loss in the Sweet Sixteen title game to Scott County and tournament MVP Bud Mackey.
April 17, 2008: Beckham signs with Mississippi State.
April 17, 2008: New Hampton Prep School coach talks about Beckham’s character and work ethic (pay site).
2008-09 season: Beckham averages 1.6 points and 1.5 rebounds in his freshman season at Mississippi State.
2009-10 season: Beckham sits out the entire season and gets a medical redshirt after having surgery to remove bone spurs on both hips.
Sept. 18, 2010: Scout.com Q&A with Beckham (pay site).
Jan. 6, 2011: Beckham announces his intention to transfer from Mississippi State.
Jan. 17, 2011: Beckham attends UK’s practice and several reports say he is likely to join the program as a preferred walk-on.
Jan. 18, 2011: Beckham joins Kentucky’s team. “I’m a Wildcat,” he says. “This is the happiest day of my life.”
New Hampton Prep School coach Pete Hutchins on Beckham (to Scout.com): “He’s a very respectful kid. He is a kid with good characer. He does the right thing. He was good in the classroom and a good teammate.”
Beckham on Beckham (to Scout.com):“Yeah, I’m a passing point guard. I love to pass. Passing is my first priority. I love to get my teammates involved and see them score. I’m really happy when I make a good pass that allows my teammate to score. But I like to score in transition when it presents itself. I’m not a scoring-first point guard, but I can score.