Shasta’s JT Beasley is averaging 17.1 points per game for the Wolves and the Tri Counties Boys Basketball Player of the Week helped his squad to a Dennis Burnum Classic title over the weekend in Oroville. (Photo by Mike Daly / Shasta County Sports)
JT Beasley is like a basketball ninja … if you aren’t constantly vigilant, he will strike and it will be painful.
The Shasta junior is 11th in the Northern Section in scoring at 17.1 points per game, but Beasley isn’t a high-profile spot-up shooter in the section or a dominant low-post threat. Instead, the 5-foot-10 guard is a multi-faceted player who helped lead Shasta to a Dennis Burnum Classic title last week and earned the Tri Counties Bank Boys Basketball Player of the Week honors.
Beasley can shoot, make no doubt, but he’s got the ability to score off the dribble, hit a 10-foot jumper or a floater in the lane, and gets out in transition with the ability to finish at the hole. A grinder on defense, Beasley will lock you up.
And like all great basketball players, Beasley possesses a short memory. After a particularly rough shooting night two week ago in the opening game of the Jamie Angley Hornets Classic (when he still finished with 11), Beasley came back the next two nights to drop 32 and 31 on consecutive nights to lead the Wolves to the consolation title.
In the Dennis Burnum title game, Beasley’s load was eased by all-tournament play from teammates Caden Turner and Dilraj Sahota. But Beasley dropped 21 in the title game, including a pair of left-corner 3-pointers that helped staunch a third-quarter uprising by a plucky Paradise team.
Beasley also earns a free drink coupon from Black Rose Coffee & Tea, a sponsor for the Player of the Week for the Boys & Girls Basketball season.
Tri Counties Bank Boys Player of the Week
Week 1 — Josiah Hutt, Foothill
Week 2 — Austin Larson, Redding Christian
Week 3 — Robbie Davis, Anderson
Week 4 — Austin Larson, Redding Christian
Week 5 — Sean Proscher, West Valley
Week 6 — JT Beasley, Shasta