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Likely first-rounder, Florida State guard Devin Vassell, enters NBA draft

Florida State star Devin Vassell

HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT - MARCH 23: Devin Vassell #24 of the Florida State Seminoles celebrates his basket against the Murray State Racers in the first half during the second round of the 2019 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at XL Center on March 23, 2019 in Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

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Florida State players and coaches gathered around ACC commissioner John Swofford on the court in Greensboro, N.C., two weeks ago. Swofford soberly explained the coronavirus had led to the cancellation of ACC tournament. Then, he named the Seminoles – who had the best regular-season record – conference champion and recipient of an automatic berth to the NCAA tournament (which was also later canceled).

Florida State shooting guard Devin Vassell’s college career ended with that strange scene.


Vassell projects as a first-rounder, though his range appears to extend from late lottery to the 20s.

The 6-foot-5 Vassell looks like a typical 3-and-D prospect. He shoots well on 3-pointers and can defend multiple positions.

Is his outside shooting totally dependable? No. Will his defensive gambles definitely continue to pay off? No.

But so many teams can use more 3-and-D wings, and Vassell could fit the bill.

Vassell lacks creation ability. His ball-handling shortcomings leave him taking a lot of jumpers.

Still, he shows glimpses of athleticism – dunking, defending and rebounding. That’s encouraging, though mostly toward a belief Vassell can hold up as limited 3-and-D player in the NBA.