Men’s basketball recruiting class 22-23: Beckett joins Cardinals

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Wheeling, WV — Shadyside (Ohio) standout Korey Beckett has signed a national letter of intent to play basketball for Wheeling University, head coach Chris Richardson announcement.

The 6’0″ guard arrives in Friendly Town after setting up an impressive prep career for the Tigers. As a senior, Beckett led Shadyside averaging 17.9 points per game, while also collecting three rebounds, two assists and two steals every night en route to the OVAC 2A Championship, he finished his career with 1,264 points and 213 three-pointers for coach Ed Andes.

“Korey has been one of the best athletes in the Ohio Valley at the prep level for the past two years, and we’re thrilled to keep him close to home for college,” Richardson said. “He can shoot, make plays and has a terrific work ethic that will give him the opportunity to maximize his ability at the college level.”

At Shadyside, Beckett was a three-sport star for orange and black. On the gridline, he was a two-way threat at wide receiver/defensive back for the Tigers, and he is currently finishing his baseball career as a third baseman/pitcher. It was on the hardwood, however, that Beckett wanted to take his career to the next level. He finished his senior season with a host of honors, including All-Ohio Third Team, All-OVAC First Team, and was named to The Intelligencer’s All-Valley Team.

“He loves sports and he loves the Wheeling Cardinals,” Richardson said. “When he toured campus, it was clear how much the opportunity to be a Cardinals basketball player meant to him. That energy is contagious.”

At Wheeling, Beckett will pursue a business degree. He is the son of John and Cathy Beckett.

Although Beckett is now officially a member of Wheeling’s men’s basketball program, he knows the Cards tradition very well. Korey’s father, John, adapted to coach Jay Defruscio’s teams from 1990 to 1993 and compiled 1,043 career points.

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