FSU Joins 'one and done' club with Beasley selection
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Malik Beasley is headed to the NBA, and just like that, FSU joins the club of schools who have recruited "one and done" players.
Beasley was selected by the Denver Nuggets with the 19th pick in the first round of the NBA Draft at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn Thursday evening.
The 6'5" guard from Georgia is the school's first pro selection since Bernard James was drafted by Cleveland in the 2nd round of the 2012 NBA draft. It's the first time that an FSU player has gone in the first round since Chris Singleton was selected 18th overall in 2011.
Averaging 15.6 points per game and earning both national and conference accolades, Beasley had one of the best seasons by a freshman in school history.
Beasley's the fourth Seminole taken in the fourth round under coach Leonard Hamilton.
“This is a perfect situation for Malik,” Hamilton said. “The Nuggets play a style of ball that fits his skills. It’s a perfect situation for him.”
FSU returns a solid group of core players for next season in Dwayne Bacon and Xavier Rathan-Mayes.
The Seminoles' incoming recruiting class ranks between 10th and 15th best in the nation by several major scouting services