The play of Beasley, along with fellow freshman Dwayne Bacon, has kept the Seminoles on the NCAA tournament bubble. With Beasley at 16.7 points per game and Bacon at 15.7, they are on track to be the highest-scoring freshman duo in ACC history, ahead of Tech’s Mark Price and John Salley (31.8).
Beasley is no mere gunner. Going into the week, Beasley ranked ninth in the ACC in shooting percentage (49 percent) and 24th in rebounding (5.3 per game). He has five games with three assists.
In high school, Beasley said that Tech recruited him “pretty hard” but got into the game a little late. He made an observation often heard about Tech, that he didn’t realize how green the Midtown campus was until visiting. The combination of proximity and ACC basketball, he said, might have been persuasive had Tech shown more interest earlier.
Instead, he continues the pipeline that FSU coach Leonard Hamilton has established out of metro Atlanta, a line that includes first-round picks Toney Douglas (Jonesboro) and Chris Singleton (Dunwoody). Hamilton didn’t know what to expect from Beasley this season, but he said he wasn’t surprised.
“He works very hard, he’s a gym rat,” Hamilton said Monday on the ACC teleconference. “He gives tremendous effort, he’s coachable. He’s a great teammate. He cheers for his teammates and he’s very, very talented. Most of those times, when those guys have that combination of things going on in their life, they’re fairly consistent.”