Florida State men's basketball team got some bad news on Monday with Freshman guard Malik Beasley declaring for the NBA Draft. Beasley averaged 15.6 points per game for the Seminoles this season. He issued this statement to Seminoles.com.
“Florida State University, Coach Hamilton and his staff were absolutely the best choices I could have made when I was deciding which college I would attend,” Beasley said. “The friendships I have formed with my teammates will last my entire lifetime. 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.”
Due to recent rule changes, underclassmen are allowed to declare for the NBA Draft, and take part in one NBA combine per year. After that they will have 10 days to decide if they want to stay in the draft or go back to college.
The loss of Beasley would be a huge loss for the Seminoles next season. Florida State is still waiting on the decisions of Dwayne Bacon and Xavier Rathan-Mayes. With Beasley leaving it could be a sign that the other two are on their way out as well.