Manhattan College guard George Beamon will enter the 2014 NBA D-League Draft, RBA Sports revealed on Sunday upon announcing his signing to the agency.
At 6'4" and 180 pounds, Beamon is someone familiar with thriving on bright stages during even bigger moments.
Finishing up his collegiate career just this past season, Beamon was named M.V.P. of the MAAC tournament after leading Manhattan to its first NCAA tournament bid in a decade.
As a senior, the guard averaged 18.8 points and career-highs of 6.5 rebounds and 1.6 steals. Over the course of his time at Manhattan, Beamon shot 45% from the floor and 36% from deep.
As evidenced in his ability to lead Manhattan to some of the school's most stellar accomplishments in over a decade, it's clear Beamon has impressive offensive prowess and can score in bunches. He's a smart, savvy, and explosive player. That said, perhaps even more intriguing is his lengthy frame and ability to pressure the ball and keep up with opposing ball handlers.
As such a signing comes to fruition, it's worth noting that such a relationship sparked B.J. Bass' interest in starting RBA Sports. Back in the fall of 2012, the agent told RidiculousUpside.com the following:
"I was just looking to help a kid from my neighborhood. I was disappointed to learn that George, who was on the verge of leading Roslyn High School to their first Nassau County championship, was not getting any ‘Division I' scholarship offers," Bass said.
"I got involved as a friend because I recognized the talent George had. I helped him get his scholarship at Manhattan. After that, I ended up partnering with Brian and Barry Rubenstein, both of whom are shareholders in Basketball City. That was pretty much the genesis of the agency," he added.
Beamon is said to already be garnering plenty of D-League interest. The Knicks have already worked out the homegrown kid, and other workouts are scheduled leading up to this week's minor league draft, a source tells Ridiculous Upside. What's more, the guard also strutted his stuff for the Sacramento Kings (affiliate of the Reno Bighorns) prior to the NBA Draft as well.
Leading up to this summer's rookie draft, SB Nation conducted its own unique mock draft, ranking the top thirty college players and omitting those international talents and/or prospects who had already begun playing professional ball prior to being selected.
As fate would have it, Beamon made the cut and ranked 24th on the list, ahead of subsequent Milwaukee Bucks' first overall pick Jabari Parker. For good measure, here's what SBN said about Beamon:
A lot of stars will come to school and have a couple productive years before taking off. Beamon arrived at Manhattan, took off, did a four-year tour around the city and still hasn't landed. He missed almost his entire junior season and still managed to finish fourth in career scoring at Manhattan.