The Florida State Seminoles had a pretty successful season this year, but fell just short of the NCAA Tournament and advanced to the second round of the NIT. The team had their success because of freshman guard Malik Beasley, but it doesn’t look like he will be around much longer.
According to reports, Beasley is going to be leaving school after one season to enter the NBA Draft. He released a statement announcing his decision late Monday night.
“The things I have learned and the growth I have realized this season as both a person and player have made me confident that I can take the next step in realizing my dreams to play at the next level,” Beasley said.
During his one season with the Seminoles, Malik Beasley averaged 15.6 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. Florida State head coach Leonard Hamilton talked about Beasley and why he believes he is ready for the NBA.
“Malik is a wonderful young man and we are very happy for him and his family,” Hamilton said. “He was an outstanding player for our basketball team, is a young man of tremendous character and is an extremely hard worker. We are behind Malik and know he will be successful in everything he does because he is such a quality person both on and off the basketball court.”
Beasley is the first player in Florida State history to leave for the NBA after just one season. Three Seminoles have been selected in the first round in the past with the highest being Al Thornton at 14 to the Los Angeles Clippers in 2007.
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