James Beck is an elite student-athlete currently attending Grand Rapids Christian High School in Grand Rapids, MI. The 6’6 forward is a multi-position, versatile, swiss army knife with huge upside for the class of 2017. Playing for Spiece Indy Heat on the EYBL AAU circuit, he will help his ball club win games with his blend of length, finishing, and rebounding.
I. AAU & SELF ANALYSIS
EM: Congratulations on winning the Class A district basketball title for Grand Rapids Christian, can you tell us a bit about how things went for your high school team and for you individually?
JB: It was a really good accomplishment. It was their first title in years and coming in this year after sitting 8 rough games to start the season, it didn’t stop us from accomplishing one of the goals we set out at the beginning of the season. I personally think we could’ve done better and made it further in the playoffs, but it was just a learning experience in the end. Individually, I think this is one of the better high school seasons I’ve had so far because my first 2 years started off kinda rough. As I got to Grand Rapids Christian, not only did my game excel but also my worth ethic.
EM: Can you describe your game for those that are not familiar?
JB: I’m a good size wing that can actually play as a stretch forward as I have the ability to take advantage of my defender down low if it’s a mismatch. I’m a very athletic wing who loves to run in the open court, my shooting has gotten much better, and so has my ball handling. I am mainly a 3 man but can also play the 2.
EM: How often do you work on your game and what aspects do you emphasize?
JB: I work out on the court at least 3 times a week. If I’m not on the court, I’m in the weight room working on my body performance. When I am on the court, I mainly focus on my shooting and ball handling.
Spiece Indy Heat has been in control vs. Team Final. James Beck has had a big second half for Spiece.
— Trevor Andershock (@INBBallSource) April 23, 2016
James Beck just created a beautiful poster against Team Final. Just an absolutely nasty one-handed jam in transition. @indy_heat
— D1 Circuit (@D1Circuit) April 23, 2016
II. ACADEMICS AND OFF-COURT INTERESTS
EM: Can we talk a bit about your interests as a student, what is your favorite subject?
JB: I’m really a science type. I love physics especially since I want to major in some type of engineering.
EM: What are your interests off the court?
JB: Not much just the chill laid back type. If I’m not working out, you won’t see me doing much more than just relaxing.
Brandon Johns 3 putts Indy Heat 17u within 2 of MoKan. Turning quite a few heads as are James Beck and Xavier Tillman this morning.
— TJ Kelley (@scoopIPS) April 16, 2016
EM: Shifting a bit to recruiting, can you tell us which schools have offered you?
JB: I’ve been offered by Toledo, Depaul, and Oakland.
EM: Which schools show interest that haven’t yet offered?
JB: I have interest from Marquette, Northern Kentucky, Bradley,Milwaukee, Evansville, Akron, Youngtown St., and Michigan. I am most interested in Marquette right now.
EM: Can you tell us a bit about your relationship with UM/Coach Beilein?
JB: It’s decent with Coach Beilein. I was more involved with his assistants that left recently, but I’ve spoken to him a couple times at the Michigan camp.
EM: Any visits or team camps lined up in the near future?
JB: I might visit closer schools in June but mostly waiting for officials in August. We have team camps at Calvin College and Michigan State.
EM: What factors are important to you and your family when making your college decision?
JB: A place where I feel comfortable and a school that can help me get to the next level. Also, a school where my game fits their playing style.
— West Side Report (@westsidereport1) March 15, 2016
EM: Can we talk about AAU and your Spiece Indy Heat club, how have the 2 weeks gone for you on the EYBL circuit as a team and individually?
JB: I love my Spiece team , I love the coaches, and my teammates. We all get along well and have a strong bond. We’ve been playing good on the circuit and are 5-2. Personally, I’ve been playing very well on the circuit so far. As a team, we can make a good run in The Peach Jam.
V. PERSONAL GOALS & ADVICE
EM: Any personal goals on or off the court?
JB: I just want to be the best I can be as a player and teammate. I also want to win The Peach Jam.
EM: Last, if you could give the youth some advice on how to succeed either on or off the court, what would you say?
JB: Keep a good worth ethic and keep working hard because there are no limits you can’t exceed to get where you want be in life.
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