Friday, April 13th, 2012 at 11:55 am  |  15 responses

Florida Guard Bradley Beal to Enter NBA Draft

After just one season in Gainesville, Florida guard Bradley Beal will forgo his sophomore season and declare for the NBA Draft. Beal is widely considered to be one of the best prospects in this year’s class, and is projected to be a top-5 pick. The USA Today has the details:  “He first confirmed the decision his twitter account when responding to one of his followers ‘yessir!’ when asked if he was leaving and also confirmed the decision on the school’s website just prior to a 10:30 a.m. press conference. ’It’s my dream and it’s sitting right here in front of me,’ Beal said. ‘God has put me in this situation and I have to take advantage of it. I think I’m ready to realize this dream, so now I have to go and pursue it.” Added UF coach Billy Donovan: ‘He’s as mature a kid at this age as I’ve ever been around. I really gave him a lot of space since the season ended. I don’t think he was influenced by anybody.’ Various services have Beal forecast as one of the top five selections. Beal, listed at 6-foot-3 by the Gators, averaged 14.8 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.2 assists in his only college season. Beal started all 37 games this past season and lead the Gators in minutes played (34.2). He shot 44.5 percent from the floor, 34.2 from the 3-point line.”

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  • cbb_fanatic

    He is definitely a top 10, if not top 5, pick. Going to miss him not playing for the Gators, but he has the talent and strength for the next level so…congrats!!!

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    Top 5 for sure.

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    He’s gonna be solid. I see a lot of Eric Gordon in his game. Deadly shooting combined with the strength and wingspan to finish in traffic. Wish him the best!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    I really hoped he’d stay, it would make Florida a real threat to win the SEC championship, Patric Young, Boyton, Beal, but I guess it’s not going to happen. This year he would’ve been the absolute leader on the team (he already kinda was) but still… He’s Eric Gordon like but even more undersized (EG 6’4), I wish him all the best in the NBA.

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    like the EG comparison, i don’t think he is shorter than 6’4 though

  • GanjahLuv

    GORDON>BEAL Beal wasnt a deadly shooter this year. But is still tough and good rebounder.

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/tray24 T-ray

    he should stay in my opinion to polish his game a little more. In the loss against Louisville(YES!) he played well but he look flawed in certain areas and I just think that extra year will erase a majority of concerns. But if he’s a projected top 5 or 10 pick get ya money mayne!

  • bmt

    I don’t know if I buy him as a top 5 pick but certainly top 10. Great player and seems like a young man with his head screwed on straight.

  • roybot

    Definitely agree with the EJ comparisons, Beal seems way better all-around though.

  • roybot

    and @Ganjaluv Eric only shot .337 from 3 in college, even less than Beal’s scrutinized .339 3-pt percentage, so thats certainly not going to affect his NBA percentages.

  • IDOT

    See him going to the Cavs, Suns, or Pistons
    He is actually 6’5.

  • T-Money

    I thibk he could go as high as 3 behind rhe UK.boys

  • Shem

    This kid is arguably the 2nd best player in the draft. Although many are saying MKG, Robinson, or Drummond, are going 2nd that’s mainly because of their position and potential they have. There’s a lack of small forwards and centers in the league. As of right now, I think Beal is better than all of them.

  • Jake

    He should have stayed in college one more year, needs to get those %’s up. There’s no way he’s shooting 40% from the field with NBA players in his face.

  • http://www.nabdrat.net showtime

    He a top 10 but not really top5 a few flaws in his game. He undersize if rivers is said to be underside at 6’4 /6’5 then this kid is surely is @ 6’3/6’4 in shoes. He said to be a excellent shooter but only shot 34% 4rm the college 3pt. Most of his buckets came on drives & never really saw him create a shot of dribble either. eric gordon /ray allen no.ben gordon=yes