5 - Malik Beasley

Florida St. 

  • Birthday: 11/26/96
  • NBA Position: Shooting Guard
  • Class: Freshman
  • Ht: 6-5
  • Wt: 190
  • Hometown: Alpharetta, GA
  • High School: St. Francis
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Mock:  19

NBA Comparison: Wesley Matthews

Strengths: Energetic/athletic player who gives his all whenever he is on the floor ... Has textbook mechanics on his shot and is a knockdown shooter when open ... Great in the open court and transition ... Aggressively slashes to the rim ... Impressive and explosive athlete ... Can grab the rebound and then lead the fast break ... Plays within himself and efficiently in the half court ... Excellent in catch-and-shoot situations ... Also uses one or two-dribble pull-up jumpers well ... More than just a catch and shoot guy showing improvement in his ability to create shots for himself ... Moves well off the ball often taking advantage of his defender ball watching to cut to the hole for easy points ... Plays with great balance ... Elevation on jump shot helps make up for his lack of size on the wing (only 6'5") ... Capable of highlight finishes at the rim when he gets an opening ... Finishes well in the paint and has a decent floater ... Gives tremendous effort on defense ... Flies around to the ball and is almost always involved in any defensive sequence ...

Weaknesses: Ability to create for others can still improve ... Seldom gets to the rim off the dribble and will often stop his dribble when no clear move presents itself ... Not much of a playmaker at this stage of his development ... Ball handling is sufficient but can improve ... Turnover prone due to lack of comfort when having the ball in his hands for long ... Often too reckless as a defender ... Will take chances that leave the rest of the team unable to compensate for ... His fundamentals and technique as a defender in on ball situations needs reworking ... Swipes at the ball rather then using his feet to stay in front of his man ... Lacks elite size and length for a wing ...

Notes: Measured 6'4 (in shoes) 185 lbs, with a 6'6 wingspan at the 2014 Kevin Durant Skills Academy ... Selected to 2015 Jordan Brand Classic ... Attended LeBron James Skills Academy and 2014 Nike Global Challenge ... 2015 BallisLife All-American game member ... Scored double digits in first 24 career games as a freshman ... 2016 All-ACC Freshman Team and 2016 All-ACC Honorable Mention selection ... Son of actors Michael and Deena Beasley ...

Outlook: Beasley had a surprisingly stellar freshmen year at Florida State ... Used his will and competitiveness to stand out above higher touted prospects ... If he can become a better defender he will add to his value in the league ... His athleticism and shooting will get his foot in the door right away in the NBA, but figures to spend a lot of time in D-League initially ...

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