by Tzvi Twersky | @ttwersky

A multitude of agents have spent the past month-plus trying to sign Brad Beal, a likely lottery pick in the upcoming 2012 NBA Draft. Ultimately, Beal has chosen to sign with Mark Bartelstein of Priority Sports & Entertainment, SLAM has learned.

Beal, a native of St. Louis, MO, decided in the wake of March Madness to forgo his final three years at the University of Florida to pursue an NBA career. In his one season there, the 6-3 guard became the first Gator ever named to both SEC All-Freshman and First-Team All-SEC. In 37 games at Florida, he averaged 14.8 ppg and 6.7 rpg. Known for his shooting prowess, Beal is a former McDonald’s All-American.

Priority Sports—which was originally founded by Bartelstein—boasts an extensive client list, including five other players in the 2012 Draft class.