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Prospect Profile

Bradley Beal

  • Full Name: Bradley Beal
  • Position: Guard
  • Height/Weight: 6-3 / 207
  • Birthdate: June 28, 1993
  • College: Florida
Washington Wizards Round 1: Pick 3
 

Strengths:
*Attacks the rim with authority
*Good jump shooter with deep range
*Great rebounder for his size
*Intelligent
*Pro body
*Pro work ethic
*Good passer
*High character guy

Weaknesses:
*Not prototypical NBA two-guard size
*Needs to become a more effective shooter on the move

NBA projection:
Beal will be a high lottery pick because of his combination of attributes, most notably his ability to score, his intelligence and his strong work ethic. As good as he was as a freshman in college, he’ll get that much better because he’s not afraid to put the time in to improve. Beal isn’t the ideal height for an NBA two-guard, but he’s going to be successful. He’s a big-time scorer, who, although his 3-point stroke was a bit inconsistent in college, is a great shooter. He’s also a strong finisher. And as an added bonus, he’s a great rebounder.

2011-12 Season:
Beal didn’t shoot the ball as well as Florida coach Billy Donovan thought he might, but he was definitely as good as advertised. Beal claimed a starting job from the opening game and was a steadying influence for the Gators, even as a freshman. Beal showed an ability to finish at the rim, and he was also among the top rebounding guards in the nation. Early in the year he deferred to upperclassmen, but down the stretch as his confidence grew, he became a go-to guy, boosting his draft stock into the high lottery category as a result. He easily earned All-SEC and All-Freshman team honors as voted on by the league’s coaches, the first player in Florida history to do so.

Key statistics:
14.8 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 2.2 apg, 2.1 tpg, 1.4 spg, 0.8 bpg, 34.2 mpg, .445 FG, .339 3PT, .769 FT

Cool statistic:
In 2011-12, Beal racked up seven games of 10-plus rebounds compared to five combined for every other guard in the Southeastern Conference.

Reminds me of:
Eric Gordon

What Insiders Say:
Florida coach Billy Donovan
“I think he realized when he wasn't shooting the ball well that there were other parts of his game that he could step up and impact the game. With his rebounding, his driving, his assists. He's a total chemistry guy.
“And I've been around a lot of really, really good players, that they can make it all about themselves. He has a great respect for the returning players. He doesn't want to step on anybody's toes. He's aware of where his place is on the team. He never, ever is disrespectful to players. He's got a great awareness as a young kid of what team chemistry is all about. And I would say he's a great facilitator of team chemistry.”

What Outsiders Say:
Kentucky coach John Calipari
 “What he is, is a truly prototype two guard in [the NBA]. What he can do is he plays above the rim. Obviously [he’s] a knockdown shooter. When you space the court and do pick and rolls with him in the game and he’s out on the floor, you’ve got to play him, which opens up the court for everybody else. And he rebounds the ball. He’s good. One of the issues for us when we play them is his rebounding. Now you want to talk about scoring and all the other things, he rebounds, he goes after balls. He’s a terrific player.”

-- Profile by Chris Dortch, editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. Follow him @cdortch.

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