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Thursday, September 15, 2011
Beane to play for his father at Illinois St.

By Scott Powers

Normal Community senior guard Anthony Beane decided to play for his dad and committed to Illinois State.

Beane’s father, Anthony Beane, is an Illinois State assistant coach. Beane, a 6-2 point guard, chose the Redbirds over offers from Boston College and Iowa. He is considered the No. 41 point guard in the Class of 2012 by ESPN Recruiting.

“It wasn’t difficult at all,” Beane said of his decision. “I grew up around Illinois State. It’s a great program. I’m excited to be here. It’s a blessing.

“It’s going to be very fun to play for my dad. It’s a dream of mine to play for my dad at the Division I level.”

Beane averaged 14 points, four rebounds and three assists while helping Normal Community to fourth place in the Class 4A state tournament last season.

The elder Beane couldn’t speak about his son’s commitment when contacted Thursday, but he was able to talk about his son’s game.

“He’s very, very athletic,” said Beane, who is entering his fifth season at Illinois State. “That’s something that really came on at the end of his freshman year. Athletically, he’s very explosive. As far as his game, he’s a gym rat. He basically grew up around the game. Skill-level-wise, his game has started to catch up with his athleticism. It’s been exciting to watch him.”

Illinois State now has one Class of 2012 commitment.