George Beamon's journey continues on with former Manhattan guard's selection by Oklahoma City Blue in NBDL Draft. (Photo courtesy of the New York Daily News)
Anyone who watched Manhattan College basketball over the last five years could see the ability of George Beamon to not only compete at the next level, but carve out a respectable career in doing so.
It took over seven months following the Long Islander's final chapter in the Jaspers' green and white colors, but the next level has finally opened its doors for Beamon, selected 42nd overall by the Oklahoma City Blue in the third round of this afternoon's NBA Development League Draft. The Roslyn native joins a roster supplemented with fellow local talent in the Blue's selections of former Rutgers teammates Dane Miller and Jonathan Mitchell in the same draft, as well as former Kentucky point guard Marquis Teague.
The 6-4 Beamon, whose defensive tenacity and talent to score seemingly at will made him one of the greatest players in Manhattan history, ended his career in Riverdale ranking fourth on the Jaspers' all-time scoring list with 1,843 career markers. His selection by the Blue, the developmental affiliate of the Oklahoma City Thunder, gives him the opportunity to be mentored by two of the NBA's best players in Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook should he be called up to the big club, and also ensures that all three members of last season's senior class will have gone on to play professionally, with Rhamel Brown and Michael Alvarado having signed contracts in Israel and Puerto Rico, respectively.
The Blue opens its 2014-15 season at home on Friday, November 14 against the Maine Red Claws, the affiliate of the Boston Celtics.