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.”