Leesburg, Va. — Riverside High School senior point guard Beau Everett has made the decision to continue his basketball career at Ursinus College starting in the 2020-2021 school year.
“I chose Ursinus because of the culture,” Everett said. “The coaches and players have sold me on the family environment that Ursinus has. They have this saying of ‘Iron Sharpening Iron’ and that saying speaks my language. It is a great school academically with kids that are very like-minded when it comes to getting school work done. I have also made great connections with the coaches and players over these last couple of months to make my decision a little bit easier.”
The Division III Grizzly Bears are coached by Kevin Small – who will enter his 21st season at the helm in 2020. Everett hopes to provide a spark with his ability to attack the basket to a team that finished the season one game under .500 this past season.
“What I intend to bring to the Ursinus basketball program is a solid ball-handler who can attack the basket and can also create for others and get them easy shots,” Everett said. “I also want to bring my on-ball defense, as well, as I feel like I can guard the opponent’s best player from positions 1 through 3. I also plan on bringing my leadership abilities and my energy to every practice, team meeting, and game.”
Everett helped set the culture and put Riverside boys basketball as a team to watch after he transferred from Paul VI. In his two years as a member of the Rams basketball program, Everett helped lead the sixth-year school to their first district and region championships during the 2018-2019 season and to back-to-back state tournament berths in 2019 and 2020.
“My experience at Riverside was an amazing one filled with great moments,” Everett said. “My favorite moment would have to be winning the school’s first district championship my junior year as that was my goal coming to Riverside: I wanted to change the culture and hang up banners. The gym was packed and our student section was decked out in all white and brought a lot of energy. We won a very hard fought battle against our rival Loudoun County which made the victory even sweeter.”
Everett wants to continue to challenge himself academically and looks forward to seeing the campus for the first time in the fall, since he was unable to do so due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“As I said before, I’m looking forward to challenging myself in the classroom,” Everett said. “I’m planning on majoring in business management, so I’m looking forward to attacking my school work. Since I didn’t get a chance to visit the campus, I’m excited to see the classrooms, teammates, and peers of mine for the next four years.”
Everett has a lot of people he’d like to thank for helping him along the way, but he has two people in particular that he wants to acknowledge for all their help during this process..
“There are so many people that have helped me throughout my process and the list would go on forever,” Everett said. “The two people that have helped me the most would have to be my dad and Coach Koscinski. Coach K has helped me through the process by checking in on me almost daily. He reached out to coaches and spoke on my behalf. He cared about me as a player, but also wanted to make sure I was good mentally and cared about the things in my life as well. Coach K has helped me become a better leader and instilled confidence in me to take games over if I had to.”