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Michael Paul Beasley Jr. (born January 9, 1989) is an American professional basketball player who last played for Cangrejeros de Santurce of the Baloncesto Superior Nacional (BSN). He played college basketball for Kansas State University for one year before declaring for the NBA draft in 2008. Beasley was the 2nd pick in the 2008 NBA Draft and was selected by the Miami Heat. He is regarded as one of the best freshman college basketball players of the 2000s.
Beasley played for one of the country’s most successful AAU youth teams at the time, the PG Jaguars. Beasley won multiple national championships with this team alongside future fellow blue-chip recruits Kevin Durant (Texas)[ and Chris Braswell (Charlotte). Beasley began his freshman year at Kansas State in the fall of 2007. In the 2007–2008 regular season, Beasley was one of the most dominant players in the country. His 26.2 points (3rd in the nation) and nation-leading 12.4 rebounds were the most by a Big 12 player in any season.
Beasley is one of just two players in Kansas State history to earn first team All-America honors from the Associated Press. Overall, Beasley is the fifth player in school history to earn recognition to any of organization’s three All-America teams. Beasley was one of 24 finalists for the John R. Wooden Player of the Year award and was selected by voters to the 10-member 2008 John R. Wooden Award All American team. He followed Kevin Durant as the second consecutive standout freshman to win both Big 12 Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year accolades.
Position : Power forward / small forward
Born : January 9, 1989 (age 33) Cheverly, Maryland
Nationality : American
Listed height : 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight : 238 lb (108 kg)
High school : Notre Dame Prep (Fitchburg, Massachusetts)
College : Kansas State (2007–2008)
NBA draft : 2008 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2nd overall Selected by the Miami Heat