Beekman signs a two-way deal with Golden State

By Jerry Ratcliffe

Photo: UVA Athletics

After not being taken in the NBA Draft, former Virginia point guard Reece Beekman signed a two-way contract with the Golden State Warriors.

The two-time ACC Defensive Player of the Year will likely spend most of his time in the G-League with Golden State’s affiliate, the Santa Cruz Warriors, in hopes that coaching staff can develop his lacking offensive skills. While he’s a brilliant and disruptive defensive player with an elite assist-to-turnover ration (3-to-1 over the last three seasons), the knock on Beekman is his jump shot.

The 6-foot-2 averaged 14.3 points per game last season for UVA, upping his scoring totals, while posting 6.2 assists, 3.6 rebounds and 2.0 steals in 34 games. The 22-year-old shot 42.9 percent from the field over his career, 31.9 from the arc and 76.7 from the free throw line. In his best season shooting from the 3-point line, he made 35.1 percent from the arc as a junior, but attemped only 2.4 triples per game.

Golden State likes Beekman’s athleticism and his overall skills, hoping that the offense will come in time.

Warrior Steph Curry has seen Beekman put on a show, having taken in a Virginia game in 2023 with former Cavalier Ty Jerome and from courtside witnessed a monster dunk by Beekman that brought Curry out of his seat.