TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Devin Vassell, who was a finalist for the 2020 Naismith Defensive Player of the Year and the Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year Awards, was the first-round selection of the San Antonio Spurs who picked the Florida State sophomore with the 11th pick in the first round of the 2020 NBA Draft. Vassell averaged a career-high 12.7 points per game and led the Seminoles in scoring in his second season in Tallahassee.
Vassell becomes just the fifth NBA Draft Lottery selection in school history. He is the third Seminole in the last four NBA Drafts to be a top-11 selection joining Jonathan Isaac who was the No. 6 overall selection in the 2017 NBA Draft by the Orlando Magic and Patrick Williams who was selected No. 4 overall by the Chicago Bulls in tonight’s draft.
“I am so blessed to be an NBA Draft pick of the San Antonio Spurs,” said Vassell to seminoles.com. “I worked out for San Antonio about two weeks ago. I really enjoyed their staff and feel like I had a great meetings with them. I am really looking forward to getting down to San Antonio and meeting my new teammates.”
Vassell entered his name as an early entry candidate for the 2020 NBA Draft on March 23, 2020. He is considered to be a tough defender who utilized his athleticism and incredible wingspan to lockdown some of the top players in the nation during his two-year career as a Seminole. Vassell takes advantage of his incredible wingspan (measured at 6-9 1/4), his height (6-7) and his leaping ability on both offense and defense to be a complete two-way player. He was one of two members of Florida State’s 2019-20 team (also Patrick Williams) who relinquished his collegiate eligibility before his four-year collegiate career was completed and was the eighth player in school history (and under Head Coach Leonard Hamilton) to leave for the NBA before the completion of his career as a Seminole. Vassell was an All-ACC Second Team selection and named to the NABC District 2 First Team as a sophomore in 2020.
Vassell averaged a career-high 12.7 points (first among his Seminole teammates), 5.1 rebounds (first), 0.9 blocked shots (second) and 1.4 steals (second) in earning All-ACC Second-Team Honors in 2020. He helped lead Florida State to a 26-5 overall record, a 16-4 record in ACC play and to the first ACC Regular Season title in school history in 2020. Florida State’s 16 conference wins in 2020 ranks as the school record of ACC wins in a single season. The Seminoles would have earned a high seed and been one of the favorites to win the National Championship had the 2020 season not been cut short by the coronavirus pandemic in March of 2020.
“Devin is an extremely versatile player who fits very well in San Antonio’s system,” said Seminole Head Coach Leonard Hamilton. “He is a very good defensive player and will fit in well with Greg Popovich’s system. He is also a great outside shooter which also makes him a great fit for San Antonio.”
Vassell established career-highs for games started (30), minutes played (863), minutes played per game (28.8), total points scored (380), average points scored per game (12.7), total rebounds (152), average rebounds per game (5.1), offensive rebounds (38), defensive rebounds (114), field goals made (144), field goals attempted (294), field goal shooting percentage (.490), 3-point field goals made (44), 3-point field goals attempted (106), free throws made (48), free throws attempted (65), free throw shooting percentage (.738), blocked shots (29) and steals (42) as a Florida State sophomore in 2020.