Patrick Beverley (born July 12, 1988) is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association(NBA). He played college basketball for Arkansas before spending three and a half seasons overseas in Ukraine, Greece, and Russia. In January 2013, he joined the Houston Rockets and quickly cemented himself as the team’s starting point guard. In June 2017, he was traded to the Clippers.
Beverley attended Waubonsie Valley High School in a suburb of Chicago, Illinois, as a freshman before transferring to John Marshall Metropolitan High School in the West Side of the city. As a senior at John Marshall, he led the state in scoring with 48.2 points per game and was named Co-Player of the Year. Beverley was also selected to play in the illustrious Roundball Classic on April 8, 2006, a national high school All-Star Game held at the United Center in Chicago.
As a freshman playing for the Arkansas Razorbacks in 2006–07, Beverley recorded averages of 13.9 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.1 assists, and 1.7 steals per contest. He was subsequently named the Southeastern ConferenceNewcomer of the Year by the Associated Press and the SEC Freshman of the Year by the league’s coaches. Further, he earned SEC All-Freshman Team honors and second-team All-SEC honors.
As a sophomore in 2007–08, the tenacious point guard out of Chicago started in 33 of 35 contests and led the Razorbacks in rebounds (6.6 rpg), steals (1.3 spg), and 3-point percentage (.378), while also being second on the team in points (12.1 ppg) and third in assists (2.4 apg). For his performance in the 2007–08 campaign, Beverley was a candidate for the Wooden Award as well as Naismith Trophy.
In August 2008, Beverley was deemed ineligible to play in the 2008–09 season due to what was officially cited as academic issues. Dispelling speculation that insufficient grades were to blame, Beverley admitted that he incurred the suspension due to an academic integrity issue on a class paper of his instead of waiting out his suspension, Beverley hired an agent and decided to hone his skills for the NBA in Europe.