TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Training camps around the NBA opened Tuesday with a pair of former Seminoles, Malik Beasley and Okaro White, getting their first tastes of preseason action as both players work towards fulfilling their lifelong dreams of playing in the NBA.
It was very exciting,” said Beasley of his first practice as a professional. “I learned a lot and did really well for my first practice. I have a lot to learn, but it is going great.”
Beasley, who was drafted 19th overall in the first round of the 2016 NBA Draft by the Denver Nuggets, was one of the top freshmen in school history and named to the 2016 All-ACC Freshman Team. He looks to make an immediate impact for the Nuggets in helping them get back in the playoffs for the first time since 2013 after a 33-49 record and finishing in 11th in the West in 2016.
The Nuggets are holding their training camp at Creighton University in Omaha, Neb.
White also began training camp on Tuesday with the Miami Heat in the Bahamas. He was named to the 2014 All-ACC Defensive team and led the Seminoles to the school’s first ever ACC Championship in 2012. White signed a contract with the Heat after averaging 8.6 points and 5.8 rebounds as a member of the Heat’s summer league team.
Last year, White played in the Greek Basketball League where he was named the MVP of the league while averaging 13.9 points and 7.3 rebounds. White looks forward to building on his season in the Greek League and making a difference during his first season playing in the NBA for the Miami Heat.
The Heat are holding their training camp at the Atlantis Paradise Resort in Nassau, Bahamas.
Denver opens its regular season at New Orleans on Oct. 26 while the Heat begins their season at Orlando, also on Oct. 26.