FSU's star freshman Isaac to enter the NBA Draft

Ryan S. Clark, Lead Beat Writer

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The Associated Press

Through 59 seasons, Florida State never had a one-and-done player. Freshman forward Jonathan Isaac became the second in as many seasons when he announced Friday he is entering the NBA Draft.

Issac becomes the third FSU player since Wednesday to declare. He joins star sophomore swingman Dwayne Bacon and junior point guard Xavier Rathan-Mayes. Bacon announced Wednesday followed by Rathan-Mayes a day later.

The 6-foot-10 and 210-pound Isaac becomes the second one-and-done player in FSU's history behind former shooting guard Malik Beasley. Beasley, who spent the 2015-16 season with the Seminoles, was drafted 19th by the Denver Nuggets.

Isaac, who was a five-star prospect, signed with FSU and helped the Seminoles reach the NCAA Tournament for the first time in five seasons. He would average 12 points and 7.8 rebounds in his final season.

His performances attracted attention. Isaac was named the Naismith Trophy Award National Player of the Week in late January. He was also a two-time ACC Rookie of the Week recipient. Isaac finished the season as an All-ACC Honorable Mention and was named to the All-ACC Freshman Team.

Isaac's strongest stretch came during the final three games of FSU's streak of six consecutive games against ranked opponents. He scored 17 points and 12 rebounds in a loss to North Carolina but bounced back with 23 points, 10 rebounds and seven blocks in a win over Notre Dame. Against then-No. 12 Louisville, he put up 16 points and 10 rebounds.

He scored 17 points and 10 rebounds in FSU's 86-80 win over Florida Gulf Coast to open the NCAA Tournament. Isaac, in his final game, finished with eight points and 12 rebounds in a 91-66 loss to Xaver in the second round.


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