Vassell enters NBA draft

Florida State sophomore Devin Vassell announced that he would enter the NBA Draft on Monday afternoon.

Vassell averaged a career-high 12.7 points and a career-high 5.1 rebounds in 30 games played while leading the Seminoles to a 25-6 overall record and a 16-4 mark in ACC play.

“This hasn’t been an easy decision because I love my brothers, our coaching staff and Florida State University,” said Vassell. “I have dreamed about playing in the NBA since I first picked up a basketball. My family and I know this is the right time to make this move. This was a very difficult decision because of my love for the entire Florida State Basketball program. Being a Seminole basketball player prepares you to play at the next level.”

Vassell took time on Instagram to thank FSU’s coaches, teammates, trainers and fans for the lsat two years.

“It is with a heart full of gratitude that tI am entering my name in the 2020 NBA Draft,” Vassell posted. “I’ll never forget the amazing ride of these last two years, and I’m excited to see what the future holds.”

Vassell was named a second-team All-ACC player earlier this month.

He is the eighth Seminole under Hamilton to make himself available as an early entry candidate for the NBA Draft joining Von Wafer (2005; Second Round NBA Draft Pick, Los Angeles Lakers), Alexander Johnson (2006; Second Round, Indiana Pacers), Chris Singleton (2011; First Round, Washington Wizards), Malik Beasley (2016; First Round, Denver Nuggets), Jonathan Isaac (2017, First Round, Orlando Magic), Dwayne Bacon (2017; Second Round, New Orleans Pelicans) and Mfiondu Kabengele (2019; First Round, Los Angeles Clippers).

“We have seen greatness in him all along and he still has a tremendous amount of greatness that he will take with him to the next level,” FSU coach Leonard Hamilton said. “We know that he will be successful because he is a wonderful young man who comes from a tremendous family. Our staff knows that there is nothing but great things in store for him.”