George Beamon is grateful for a second chance to play college basketball and he’s proving that each time he steps on the court.
Through the first eight games of his senior season at Manhattan College, the 6-foot-4 swingman from Roslyn has led the Jaspers in scoring six times and was the squad’s top rebounder four times.
“It’s definitely a blessing to be able to get a year back,” Beamon said. “That’s why you don’t take anything for granted.”
Beamon sprained his right ankle during a practice before the season opener last year against Louisville and aggravated the injury in the team’s fourth game. The decision was made to shut Beamon down for the season and apply for a medical redshirt.
The process, though, was anything but smooth. Even though the Manhattan training staff believed it would be a slam-dunk, Beamon had to wait a couple of months before it was granted by the NCAA.
“I was taught to always keep a positive mindset,” Beamon said. “There was a little bit of I wasn’t sure if I was coming back, I don’t know what I’m going to do if I can’t go back to college for my last year, but I never let that go to the front of my head.”
Beamon is averaging 20.4 points, 7.5 rebounds for the Jaspers, who are off to a 6-2 start. But it’s more than just his statistics that makes Beamon a special player.
“The great thing for me about coaching George Beamon is he does the right thing all the time,” Manhattan coach Steve Masiello said. “He’s your hardest worker, he brings it every day so not only is he your best player, he’s an easy guy to point to and say ‘be like George.’”
When Masiello was interviewing for the Manhattan job three years ago, he identified
Beamon on tape as a player who had a “great ability to score.”
“What I didn’t realize about him was how hard of a worker he was and how dedicated he was at his craft,” Masiello said.
Beamon refined his game. Already a player with the ability score inside and get to the basket, Beamon has become a legitimate 3-point threat.
That skillset, along with his work ethic, make Beamon a prime candidate to play professional basketball, likely oversees.
“He’s going to make a lot of money playing this game,” Masiello said. “He has terrific size, he can score the ball, he can shoot it and defend. Any time he’s on the court you’re going to have a chance to win the game and coaches like that, programs like that.”
Beamon said it’s his dream to play professional basketball, but that’s still in the future. He’s got unfinished business first at Manhattan as Beamon attempts to lead the Jaspers to the NCAA tournament.
“I think the sky is the limit for us,” Beamon said. “We’ve got a great bunch of guys, depth, there’s no selfishness on the team. I think we’ve got the best team we’ve had since I’ve been here. I feel it’s going to be a special year.”