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Beal’s One-And-Done At UF; Donovan Can’t Blame Him

When you sign the Gatorade National Player of the Year out of high school, you know there’s a chance he’ll only be in your program for a year.  And that’s exactly the case with Bradley Beal at Florida.

Beal averaged 14.8 points and 6.7 rebounds per game as a freshman guard for the Gators last year.  He told the media today that he’s turning pro after that performance:


“It was the right time for me.  It was the toughest decision I made in my life…

There are pros and cons with both sides (staying or going).  I really couldn’t go wrong with this decision.”


Given the possibility of injury, Beal made the right decision… though it’s disappointing anytime a talent like his leaves the SEC.  Imagine seeing players like Beal or Kentucky’s John Wall or Anthony Davis in their second and third years of college ball (if the NBA adopted an entry rule like those of the NFL and MLB).

Billy Donovan understands Beal’s situation saying he has “all the intangibles to be a great, great pro.”  He also added, “Selfishly I’m going to miss the opportunity to coach him, but I don’t think there’s any question he’s going to go in the lottery.”

Which means there’s no question that he’s about to become an instant millionaire.  And that means there’s no question that Beal’s call was the right one.

 




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