How can you not root for a Florida native who goes by the name of Beau Beech?
That's the real name of the Nets latest summer league signing, a 6'9" swingman from North Florida who didn't get drafted Thursday, but had agreed to play for the Nets summer league team hours later. His alma mater announced the signing.
Beech averaged 15.9 points and 6.5 rebounds and shot 42.4 percent from deep over 32 minutes per game last season He can reportedly play both swing positions. Here's what Basketball Insiders wrote about him and his NBA prospects.
He’s one of the most unique prospects in this year’s draft class. Listed at 6’9, Beech played the majority of his time at North Florida at shooting guard. He’s also proven that he can play at small forward, as well as some power forward. Given his size, he said he wants to show teams that he can do a number of different things at the next level.
The Nets scouted him at the Portsmouth Invitational in April, then worked him prior to the Draft. He told the St. Augustine Record he had offers from the Spurs, Magic and Hawks, but chose the Nets because, he said, they kept in "constant communication" with him leading up to the draft.
"I’ve had a good relationship with them," Beech added. "I had a pretty good workout there in late May at their facilities. I shot well and defended well. They have a new GM and a new coach. It’s an exciting time there."
He spoke as well with a local radio show about his excitement in joining the Nets.
Here's a video of his highlights.