Written by Joe Scotchie Thursday, 02 May 2013 00:00
Another great year for Roslyn High School basketball squads has ended. Meanwhile, George Beamon, the player who led Roslyn to a championship year in 2009, suffered his share of disappointments as he entered a promising senior year at Manhattan College. Beamon led the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) in scoring in 2009 and going into his final year was considered a possible NBA draft selection. However, a knee injury sidelined Beamon, bringing the year to an abrupt close. Still, the Roslyn point guard is determined to continue his basketball career. Once the injury was confirmed, Beamon announced that he would seek a medical hardship and return for the 2013-14 season.
Although the injury was a disappointment, Beamon’s final year may yet be a significant one. “The return of a healthy Beamon in 2013-14 would help the Jaspers to their most memorable season in a long time,” noted Jesse Kramer in Bleacher Report. Several other top underclassmen, including Mike Alvarado, Rhamel Brown, Emmy Andujar and Shane Richards will also be returning for the 2013-2014 campaign. The Jaspers will also welcome Ashton Pankey, a transfer from the University of Maryland.
“In my view, they have the talent and the coaching to make a run to the Sweet 16 next season,” said B.J. Bass, the East Hills resident and sports agent, who has assisted Beamon’s career. “Even though George scored 30 points and grabbed 7 rebounds against Hofstra, it was clear he still wasn’t fully recovered from the foot injury that forced to him to miss the Louisville and Harvard games. They made the right call red-shirting him.”
“This season was extremely disappointing,” Beamon told The Roslyn News. “The silver lining is that I have been focusing on my training - and will come back next season with an extra 10-15 pounds of muscle. This should help me with NBA teams that have been scouting me. We made it to The MAAC championship game this season, but lost a close game to Iona. I’m looking forward to being back with my team-mates and making the NCAA tourney next season.”
In his senior year at Roslyn High School, Beamon came through with one of the most memorable seasons in the school’s athletic history. The Bulldogs won the Nassau County Class A title. Beamon averaged 34.2 points per game, scoring 786 points, which was the second highest total in Nassau County history. The man who set the record, Wally Szczerbiak, went on to a college career at Miami University before playing a number of years in the NBA, a feat that Beamon also hopes to accomplish.
By his junior year, Beamon played the same dominant role with the Jaspers that he had with Roslyn. In 2011-2012, Beamon led the MAAC in scoring with 19.6 points per game. He was twice named MAAC Player of the Week and he scored in double figures in all 33 games. In addition, Beamon became the 33rd player in Manhattan College’s history to reach the 1,000 point plateau. Beamon was also durable, averaging a team-high 32 minutes per game. He also starred on defense, leading the team with 48 steals and bringing down 67 defensive rebounds in conference games.