Malik Osborne hopes to join Florida State’s former NBA men’s basketball roster as he prepares for the 2022 NBA Draft.
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Osborne completed pre-draft practices with the Atlanta Hawks (June 2), Orlando Magic (June 3) and Cleveland Cavaliers (June 6).
Atlanta holds the No. 16 and No. 44 picks, while Orlando has the No. 1 (overall), No. 32, and No. 35 draft picks. Cleveland owns the No. 14, No. 39, and No. 35 draft picks. ° 5.
Osborne transferred to Florida State after his first season with Rice. After missing the 2018-19 season due to transfer rules, Osborne played 72 games (42 starts) in three seasons with the ‘Noles. Osborne averaged 6.9 points and 5.3 rebounds per game.
In the 2021-22 season, Osborne averaged a career-high 10 points per game while playing just 17 games due to injuries and COVID-19.
The Matteson, Illinois native has scored in double figures in nine of those 17 games. He recorded three double-doubles during his time in Tallahassee and scored a career-high 19 points in Florida State’s 83-81 win over NC State on Jan. 1.
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At 6-foot-9, Osborne has the athleticism to guard bigger centers inside but also transition to smaller guards and forwards on the perimeter. He recorded at least 109 or more rebounds each season with the ‘Noles.
In head coach Leonard Hamilton’s offense, Osborne often made plays in transition, at the rim or from the 3-point line. He’s shot 35% or better from the 3-point line in all three seasons.
Osborne joins forward/center John Butler, center Tanor Ngom and guard Anthony Polite as former Florida State players in this year’s draft class.
In a recent draft published by NBADraft.Net, Butler is expected to be selected in the second round at No. 40 overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves. Osborne, Ngom and Polite are each expected to remain undrafted.
The 2022 NBA Draft will take place on June 23 at 7:30 p.m. in Brooklyn.
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