The Emergence Of Rising Potential: Michael Beasley's Rise To Stardom

Pete ToalContributor INovember 14, 2010

The Emergence Of Rising Potential: Michael Beasley's Rise To Stardom

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    The 6'8 promising Forward out of Kansas State University, has brought new life to the Minnesota Timberwolves this season. I will take you on a journey through the once herald prep star who has blossomed in Minnesota after a potential filled but disappointing stint with the Miami Heat after which many thought he wouldn't reach the hype....

    Without further delay I bring you the life of a blossoming superstar who has filled those potential labeled shoes and flown higher than anyone expected and is soaring up the SF ranks as a developing star.

High School Star Who Shines Under The Lights

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    Beasley was born in Frederick, Maryland on Jan 9th, 1989. While growing up in Maryland, basketball was his passion as he used his dominate skills to earn a spot on one of the nations top AAU Teams "PG Jaguars". Beasley won multiple national championships with this team alongside future fellow blue-chip recruits Kevin Durant and Chris Braswell.

    Beasley later played AAU ball for DC Assault's 17 & Under team, often leading the team in scoring and rebounding.

    Beasley would also attend a number of high schools including Bowie High School (Maryland), National Christian Academy , The Pendleton School (a section of the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida), Riverdale Baptist School (Maryland), Oak Hill Academy (Virginia), and Notre Dame Preparatory School (Massachusetts).

    He was named as a 2006 USA Men's U18 National Team member. Beasley then posted averages of 13.8 ppg. and 8.3 rpg at the 2006 FIBA Americas U18 Championship for Men.

    He was named to the McDonald's All-American team, he went on to score 23 points and grab 12 rebounds, also winning the MVP award for the 2007 game.

    Rivals.com named Beasley the number 1 rated prospect for the 2007 class, he committed to Kansas State where he would team along with herald 2006 recruit Bill Walker.

Kansas State Wildcat Basketball Reborn.

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    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 and nation-leading 12.4 rebounds were the most by a Big 12 player in any season.

    Beasley became known as an unstoppable force when shooting, finishing the season shooting 53.7 percent from the field (282 of 525). He also finished the season shooting 39.5 percent from 3-point range.

    Beasley holds 30 Kansas State career, single-season and freshman records as well as 17 Big 12 single-game and single-season marks. 

    Beasley became the fourth player in school history to be honored as the league's Player of the Year and the first since the inception of the Big 12.

    In addition to his National Player of the Year awards, Beasley was named National Freshman of the Year by four organizations, including CBS Sports.com, Rivals.com, The Sporting News and U.S. Basketball Writers Association.

    He has also been selected a first team All-American by numerous outlets, including CBS Sports.com, ESPN.com, Rivals.com, Sports Illustrated, The Sporting News and U.S. Basketball Writers Association. In addition, he was chosen as a first team Freshman All-American by CBS Sports.com and Rivals.com

    Michael Beasley would lead the wildcats to the 11th overall seed in the Midwest region, going on to defeat #6 USC in the first round, where he scored 23 points along with 11 rebounds. The Wildcats would then lose to # 3 Wisconsin in the 2nd round despite Beasley's 23 points and 13 rebounds.

    Beasley Announced that he would enter the 2008 NBA Draft despite measuring small for a PF at 6'7 without shoes, also forgoing his last 3 seasons of eligibility at Kansas State.

Miami Heat Hope To Find a Sunshine State Star With Their 2nd Overall Draft Pick

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    On June 26, 2008, Beasley was selected 2nd overall in the 2008 NBA Draft by the Miami Heat 

    Beasley scored 28 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 23 minutes played, in his summer league debut for the Heat. He was second in the league in rebound average, and tied for third in scoring average in the 2008 Summer League.

    Beasley along with fellow rookies participated in the yearly Rookie Transition Program, where he along with Darell Arthur and fellow Miami Heat Guard, Mario Chalmers were searched for Marijuana after officials smelled a strong odor coming from their hotel room. they however were not charged and only Beasley was allowed to return to the event.

    On September 18, 2008, Beasley was fined $50,000 by the league for his involvement in the incident after Pat Riley forced him to confess to league officials that he had slipped out the door when the police arrived.

    Beasley's Rookie Season was potential filled although glimpses could be seen of what would be, if Beasley had more maturity and a defined role.

    He would Average 13.9 points and 5.4 rebounds, while playing in 81 games, but only starting in 19 of them.

    Beasley would often times forget play sets and react immaturely when called out for his miscues, often leading to disruption in the locker room and caused distance with his teammates outside of Dwayne Wade.

Second Year Blues Under The Miami Sun.

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    Beasley's second season with the Miami Heat would start off on a sour note on August 24, 2009,

    Beasley reportedly checked into a Houston rehab center, just days after he posted pictures of himself to Twitter with what some have speculated to be marijuana in the background

    During the 2009–10 season he was a starter for the entire season (78 games) averaging 14.8 points per game, along with 6.4 rebounds.

    Beasley would often lose focus during the season and was often distant with teammates, more often than not using his athleticism to get by on his lack of basketball IQ and maturity.

    Beasley would fall even deeper as the 2010 playoffs arrived as he posted moderate numbers of 10.4 points and 5.8 rebounds, as the Boston Celtics beat the Miami Heat in the first round in 5 games.

    The 2010 off season would bring many questions as it was the premier off season in the history of the NBA, with Lebron James and Fellow heat teammate Dwayne Wade as the top prizes.

    Lebron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh would ultimately sign with the Miami Heat, leading to speculation that Michael Beasley's spot on the team may be in jeopardy.

Sunny Days Ahead In The Dead Of Winter's Western Conference Cellar.

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    On July 12, 2010, Beasley was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves, in exchange for 2011 and 2014 second-round draft picks. Beasley was traded in order to clear salary cap space for Miami, as he was no longer in their plans after signing the big three in Lebron, Bosh and Wade.

    Beasley vowed that he would prove doubters wrong as he stated he was often misunderstood and undervalued in Miami.

    Beasley showed promise as he showed up to camp in the best shape in his young career, he maintained a focus to win the starting SF job as he battled with Corey Brewer and Wesley Johnson.

    Leading the team throughout the preseason, he won the starting SF job and teaming with Kevin Love as promising young front line tandem.

    Beasley has had a strong start in his first season in which he has had the chance to showcase his long herald potential, he has scored in double figures in eight out of nine games.

    He posted a new career high in scoring with 42 points on Nov 10th as the Timberwolves defeated the Sacramento Kings.

    Beasley has been a model citizen since arriving in Minnesota and is showing executives league wide, why he was chosen 2nd overall.

    Beasley vows to continue his soar above the criticism and is well on his way to improving the lowly Timberwolves one game at a time.