Class of 2018 wing from DC Premier Saddiq Bey has been turning heads this spring. His versatility and toughness is what is making him a hot commodity so far through 2 UAA sessions. Coaches from all over the country are falling in love Bey’s game as well as his dedication in the classroom. Bey caught up with GatorCountry.com to discuss his recruiting process and his recent offer from Florida.
Bey is one of the more versatile players in the 2018 class who can score the ball in a variety of ways. Bey has a strong work ethic and is always looking to take his game to new heights.
“I would say that I try to be as versatile as possible whether that is scoring from outside, mid-range, or at the rim,” Bey said. “I’ll try to take whatever the defense gives me. I am steadily working on every aspect of my game: strong mechanics, efficiency on the offensive and defensive end, improving on my body, and trying to be as consistent as possible.”
DC Premier has had a solid spring so far resulting in a 6-2 record through two UAA sessions. Bey believes that the team has set a solid foundation to build upon during the rest of the UAA.
“After the first two sessions we finished 6-2,” he said. “We are always reaching for undefeated weekends like in Indy, but I think we played well overall and are really starting to mesh. They were definitely great experiences and definitely help us going forward. I think I was solid, still have a lot of work to do, but was happy that we finished with a pretty good record.”
Bey has received many offers this spring and among those who recently offered are the Florida Gators. The Florida coaching staff offered Bey on Saturday and he was very excited about the offer.
“I am extremely grateful and humbled by the offer,” Bey said. “I have always followed Florida and was really excited and appreciative of the offer. They just made it to the Elite Eight and are headed in a great direction, so it means a lot to be offered by them.”
The Florida coaching staff has made a great impression on Bey early on. Bey told GatorCountry.com that he plans to take an unofficial visit to Florida sometime after July.
“I think that the coaching staff is great and has a great mentality,” he said. “I will get to know them better on the visit, but it is remarkable how Coach White has been filling Coach Donovan’s shoes.
Many programs are starting to heavily pursue the talented wing from Sidwell Friends School in Washington, DC.
“I would say Miami, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Georgetown, Florida, Pitt, VCU, Rutgers, and NC State among others are recruiting me hard,” Bey said. “Also have interest from LSU, Missouri, Stanford, Virginia, Cincinnati and others.”
A balance between a great basketball atmosphere and a strong academic environment is a big selling point for Bey.
“I’m looking for Balance in both basketball and academics,” he said. “Somewhere that I can develop as a player and person to ultimately try and help me reach my goals to be the best basketball player, student and person I can be. I have aspirations for playing for as long as I can, so wherever gives me the best opportunity to develop and grow in my game with the best impacting fit would be some points that I look for.”
Bey and his DC Premier teammates are gearing up for UAA session 3 this weekend in Los Angeles.