Beckley Prep Academy was created to give young basketball players an opportunity to showcase their skills on a National level. The players also receive accredited academic opportunities that can help prepare them for college.
“We do a very good job of having great academic resources,” says Head Coach Cortez Brown. “Athletically, we’re involved every day… So, I see the impact I’m having on the kids and this basketball school is having on the kids, and that’s what makes me do it everyday.”
The team is made up of players from all over the country that all have their own story. The school is giving these players a chance to continue their education and sharpen their playing ability in front of college coaches and scouts.
In fact, Connor Arnold has already received a Division-1 Offer to play at the Virginia Military Institute. Arnold received a few D-2 offers following his senior season at Grace Christian in Tennessee, but he took a chance on Beckley Prep, and was rewarded with a D-1 offer.
“I’m happy that I got the opportunity to come here and keep working on my craft, and grow as a man, and take some classes to get that credit,” Arnold said. “It’s just been a good experience, I’m having fun.”
Most-likely, last season, these players were the stand-outs and senior leaders of their High School teams. Now, they compete against some of the best prep players in the country, whether it be in a game or even in practice. That kind of exposure gives them a taste of what they’ll see at the next level.
“We’ve got a bunch of ballers on this team, and that’s what makes practice so intense and what makes us better each day, just us going at each other,” Arnold said. “It’s been good. It’s going to get us ready for Division-1 practice as well.”
The Beckley Prep Swarm will continue they’re season on December 11th in Charlotte, NC. You can catch their next Home Game on January 19th at Greater Beckley Christian School. For a full list of their scheduled games, check out their website: www.beckleyprep.com