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FSU's Malik Beasley to enter NBA draft

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(Associated Press)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – One half of Florida State’s dynamic freshman backcourt is off to the NBA. Malik Beasley announced Monday night that he will enter June’s draft.

Beasley and Dwayne Bacon combined to average 31.4 points per game. That's the second highest for a freshman duo in the history of the Atlantic Coast Conference. The 6-foot-5 Beasley was third among freshmen in scoring in the ACC this season, averaging 15.6 points per game. He was second on the team in scoring behind fellow freshman Bacon as both were selected to the conference's all-freshman team.

Beasley was eighth in the conference in free throw percentage (.813) and 10th in field-goal percentage (.471). He scored in double figures in his first 24 games, which was the second-best start in conference history. Georgia Tech's Stephon Marbury has the record at 26.

Beasley is the first player in Florida State history to enter the draft after only one season in school.There’s still no word on whether or not he’s hired an agent. If Beasley doesn’t hire an agent he has until late May to remove his name from the draft.