Seminoles eager to bring Beasley into fold

For Malik Beasley, one of the Jordan Brand Classic participants who did not double up with the McDonald’s Game last month, his trip to New York enabled him to test himself for the first time this postseason against his national caliber peers.

Florida State’s roster will change complexion next season, from one that lacked perimeter firepower this past year to one that’s now overloaded with wing talent. While three-point shooting was truly deficient and incoming freshman Dwayne Bacon may step into a starring role first for that reason, fellow 2015 signee Malik Beasley should enjoy opportunities to make an impact as well.

Beasley is an extremely athletic wing who excels in the open floor and when he’s able to time his steps off one foot. He’s a lob-catching dunker, rebounder and generally athletic dynamo in transition. Given Leonard Hamilton’s above-average tempo, the Seminoles’ program should provide a strong fit for Beasley’s playing style.

Beasley holds the ability and confidence to play early

He’s now just a few months from enrolling in Tallahassee, but Beasley currently is soaking up the opportunities he has enjoyed as a top-75 prospect in the senior class. At Jordan Brand, he spoke with reverence about those who’d made opportunities possible.

It’s very prestigious to be (in New York), it’s really cool,” Beasley said. “Jordan, Melo, and everybody who has been with Jordan Brand.

”I’d love to work out here (Jordan practice facility) and maybe go play across the street at Madison Square Garden,” he added with a laugh.

Beasley has earned a sense of triumph. His Alpharetta (Ga.) St. Francis squad captured the state title a few weeks ago, and he individually enjoyed a big season as well.

”We won back to back state championships, so we did really well,” Beasley said. “I averaged about 24 and 10, so I think did really well. I proved a lot this season and became more of a team player. I’m just ready to go into college now.”

Beasley’s immediate role at FSU likely will be to focus on defense and overall athleticism, making creative plays in the open court. He’s working hard to polish any rough edges and also believes he’s ready to make his presence felt in the locker room.

”I think I can come in and help improve the scoring, and also the leadership even though I’ll only be a freshman,” he said. “Rebounding, just hustling and doing whatever Coach (Hamilton) wants me to do.”

According to Beasley, he and the coaching staff have had conversations about how he can give himself a leg up upon his arrival to campus.

”They told me to get stronger and that’s what I’ve been doing,” he said. “I’m also working on my ballhandling and trying to be more consistent.”

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