MIAMI -- The Miami Heat have begun their rebuilding process by grabbing Kansas State forward Michael Beasley with the second
overall pick in the NBA draft.
Beasley was considered one of the top two players entering the
draft after a sensational freshman year. The 6-foot-10 Beasley was
a unanimous AP First Team selection and the Big 12 Player of the
Year. He also was named the National Freshman of the Year by The
Sporting News and the USBWA.
Beasley led all Division-One players in rebounding at 12.4 a
game, and was ranked third nationally in scoring at 26.2 points. He
led the country with 28 double-doubles, including 13 games in which
he scored at least 30 points while grabbing 10 rebounds. He lit up
Missouri for 40 points and 17 rebounds in a game, and had a
career-best 24 rebounds versus Illinois.
Beasley didn't wilt in the NCAA tournament, averaging 23 points
and 12 rebounds. Beasley also is a surprisingly accurate
three-point shooter for a big man, hitting 38 percent of his 95
attempts for the Wildcats, including a 4-for-4 game against Kansas.
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