Beall has been everywhere Glenelg senior plays all positions

December 20, 1992|By Michael Richman | Michael Richman,Contributing Writer

Glenelg senior Jason Beall is an athlete for all positions.

This fall on the gridiron, he rotated among defensive back, linebacker, kicker, punter, kick returner and even running back, finishing as one of the team's leading tacklers.

Now, for the Gladiators basketball squad, it's not uncommon to see him playing all five positions.

The customary spot in basketball for the 6-foot-1, 190-pound athlete is at small forward/wing. Through four games, he's averaging a team-high 19.5 points.

"In that role, we would depend on him to do a whole lot of things," coach Terry Coleman said. "Jason is a complete basketball player and is probably the only kid on the team who could play everywhere. That was also true in football."

Beall's versatility, which makes him a threat from different areas, is a major reason the Gladiators are 3-1 after Thursday's 66-41 win over Bel Air. He scored 18 points.

This is Beall's second season on the varsity. Since last year, when Glenelg lost in the Class 2A, Region I playoffs to Walkersville of Frederick County, Coleman has seen Beall mature on and off the court.

"In the past, he's been his own worst enemy, and that's changed somewhat," Coleman said. "Before, if he missed his shot, that may have interfered with his making the next shot. I don't see that any more."

Beall has also improved in making outside jumpers, particularly three-pointers. Not especially quick or elusive, he can drive to the basket and bang with bigger players in the lane, a major reason he's third in team rebounding (five per game). The Gladiators' tallest players are 6-3 center Jeff Lewis and 6-3 forward Brian Meshkin.

Glenelg uses an up-tempo system, in which Beall positions himself in the right place at the right time. Playing half the game, he scored 24 in Glenelg's 116-47 blowout over North Carroll, and responded in the next outing against C. Milton Wright with 26 points in a 58-49 win.

"[Against C. M. Wright], I got rebounds when nobody was there," he said. "I haven't had to fight for anything. It's been wide-open stuff."

Senior guard Scott Cline said: "Opponents really don't know how to guard him. They don't want to play him too tight because he'll go around them. But on the other hand, they don't want to give him the three because he'll stick it."

Beall works well in tandem with Cline and senior point guard Jamie Brinker, primarily because all three have played together for four years.

"How we do will be largely dependent on their leadership," Coleman said. "What people tend to say is what great chemistry we have, and that's because of looking for the open man, being able to communicate non-verbally."

Beall said: "I don't know if we say anything to each other on the court. Jamie has the eyes and he's looking for us constantly. Some of the passes he makes are just unbelievable -- and Scott, too."

Beall is modest about his accomplishments, and Coleman described him as someone with great humility. If there's one aspect of Beall's personality to work on, the coach says it's his self-confidence.

"If you're going to do well in sports, there's a certain cockiness you have to have," Coleman said. "Inside, he's confident. He wants to take the last shot, but I don't know if he would ask to take the last shot."

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