HEAT Signs Jerome Beasley
Miami HEAT President and Head Coach Pat Riley announced September 4th that the team has signed Jerome Beasley, its 2003 second-round draft choice (33rd overall). As per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Beasley, a 610, 241-pound forward from the University of North Dakota, was named the 2002-03 NCAA Division II Player of the Year as a senior. He also gained national attention after being named MVP of the 2003 Portsmouth Invitational Tournament where he averaged 14 points and 8.3 rebounds while shooting 54.1 percent from the floor.
In addition to earning Division II Player of the Year honors, Beasley was a two-time Division II First Team All-American and was the North Central Conference MVP in both his junior and senior seasons after transferring to North Dakota from Midland (TX) Junior College. Despite playing just two seasons at UND, Beasley ranked 10th on the schools all-time scoring list with 1,402 points. In 58 games at UND, he averaged 24.2 points and 8.4 rebounds while shooting 52.2 percent (544-1042) from the floor, 47.5 percent (47-99) from three-point range and 74.4 percent (267-359) from the foul line.
As a senior, Beasley led the conference in scoring (26.6 ppg) and rebounding (8.9 rpg) and ranked third in three-point field goal percentage (.519). His total of 772 points ranked as the second-highest single-season mark in school history. Beasleys 26.6 points per game scoring average ranked third in Division II and he tallied 30 or more points in 12 of his 29 games played, including a career-high tying 41-point, 15-rebound effort against Augustana (S.D.). Beasley, who recorded 12 double-doubles during the 2002-03 campaign, also scored 36 points and grabbed a career-high 19 rebounds against Northern Colorado and tallied 37 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in a season-ending loss to St. Cloud State in the NCAA Division II North Central Region tournament.
Beasley made an immediate impact at UND, leading the conference in scoring (21.7 ppg) and ranked fifth in rebounding (7.9 rpg) as a junior in 2001-02, while connecting on 53.3 percent of his field goal attempts. He surpassed the 20-point mark 18 times and scored at least 30 points on four occasions, including a career-high 41-point effort against North Dakota State. Beasley recorded 11 double-doubles in his initial season at UND and grabbed a season-high 16 rebounds versus Minnesota-Duluth. In a home game against NCAA Division I power Kansas, he totaled 20 points and 10 rebounds playing head-to-head with Drew Gooden and Nick Collison.
Before transferring to North Dakota, Beasley began his career at Midland (TX) Junior College where he averaged 7.5 points and 4.7 rebounds and shot 50 percent from the floor in 65 games. As a sophomore in 2000-01, he earned Honorable Mention All-Conference honors while averaging 10.5 points and 5.5 rebounds and leading his team to a 24-9 record. During his freshman season he averaged 4.9 points and 4.0 rebounds in a reserve role while connecting on a career-high 54.7 percent of his field goal attempts.