Beal with the Wizards
|No. 3 – Washington Wizards|
|League||National Basketball Association|
June 28, 1993 |
St. Louis, Missouri
|Listed height||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Listed weight||207 lb (94 kg)|
|High school||Chaminade College Prep
(Creve Coeur, Missouri)
|NBA draft||2012 / Round: 1 / Pick: 3rd overall|
|Selected by the Washington Wizards|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NBA.com|
Beal attended Chaminade College Preparatory School in St. Louis, Missouri. He competed in the 2010 FIBA Under-17 World Championship for the USA, which won the championship with Beal averaging 18 points per game. During his senior year of high school, Beal averaged 32.5 points per game, 5.7 rebounds per game and 2.8 assists per game. At the end of Beal's senior season, he was named the 2011 Mr. Show-Me Basketball which recognized him as the top high school basketball player in the state of Missouri. He was also named the 2011 Gatorade National Player of the Year. According to ESPNU recruits, Beal was the fourth ranked recruit and second ranked shooting guard and he was also the fourth ranked recruit according to Rivals.com.
On November 30, 2009, Beal committed to the University of Florida. Beal accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the university, where he played for coach Billy Donovan's Florida Gators men's basketball team during the 2011–12 season.
In his first game at Florida, Beal started and recorded 14 points. Beal was named SEC Freshman of the Week on November 28, 2011. During the week of 11/21–11/28, Beal averaged 8.5 points, seven rebounds, two assists and 1.5 steals in two wins over Wright State and Jacksonville. Beal would go on to win five additional SEC Freshman of the Week honors and be named to the SEC All-Freshman Team and was a first-team All-SEC selection. Beal finished the season second on the team in scoring with 14.8 points per game.
On April 13, 2012, Beal declared for the NBA draft, foregoing his final three years of college eligibility. On June 28, 2012, Beal was drafted with the third overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft by the Washington Wizards.
Beal was named the Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month in December 2012 and January 2013. On January 4, 2013, in a game against the Brooklyn Nets, Beal scored a then career high 24 points and hit a clutch three-pointer to send the game to double overtime; the Wizards went on to lose the game. On January 17, Beal set a career best with six three-pointers made in a loss to the Sacramento Kings. He went on to be selected to appear in the Rising Stars competition at the 2013 All-Star weekend.
On April 3, 2013, it was announced that Beal would miss the remainder of the 2012–13 season with a right leg injury. At the end of the season, after playing 56 games, he was named to the NBA All-Rookie first team, and finished third in voting for the NBA Rookie of the Year award. On November 10, 2013, Beal surpassed his career high by scoring 34 points in an overtime loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Later the same season, Beal would again set a new benchmark for his personal best by scoring a career-high 37 points in a loss to the Memphis Grizzlies. Beal finished as runner-up in the Three-Point Shootout at the 2014 NBA All-Star Weekend in New Orleans, losing to Marco Bellinelli.
On April 29, 2014, Beal and the Wizards defeated the Bulls in the first round of the Eastern Conference Playoffs, moving the team on to the second round, a feat the franchise hadn't reached since 2005.
NBA career statistics
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|FG%||Field goal percentage||3P%||3-point field goal percentage||FT%||Free throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
Beal is the son of Bobby and Besta Beal, and has four brothers: Brandon, Bruce, Byron and Bryon. All four played or are currently playing college football: Brandon played tight end at Northern Illinois; Bruce played offensive lineman at Alabama State; and Bryon and Byron play offensive linemen at Central Methodist University. Rapper Nelly, who is a family friend, used to walk Beal to school.
- FIBA.com – 2010 FIBA U17 World Championship for Men Top players. Hamburg2010.fiba.com. Retrieved on 2012-07-04.
- Mr. & Miss Show-Me Basketball. Mobca.org. Retrieved on 2012-07-04.
- Gator Men's Basketball Roster/Bios. GatorZone.com (2012-06-06). Retrieved on 2012-07-04.
- Brad Beal – Yahoo! Sports. Rivals.yahoo.com (2009-11-30). Retrieved on 2012-07-04.
- Beal Named SEC Freshman of the Week. GatorZone.com (2011-11-28). Retrieved on 2012-07-04.
- Three Gators Earn Men's Basketball All-SEC Honors, Young Named Scholar-Athlete of the Year. GatorZone.com (2012-03-06). Retrieved on 2012-07-04.
- Bradley Beal Informs Gators of Intentions to Turn Pro
- Lee, Michael (June 28, 2012). "2012 NBA draft: Washington Wizards select Bradley Beal". WashingtonPost.com. Retrieved June 28, 2012.
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