Beal in 2013
|No. 3 – Washington Wizards|
June 28, 1993 |
St. Louis, Missouri
|Listed height||6 ft 6 in (1.98 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|
Bradley Emmanuel Beal (born June 28, 1993) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Washington Wizards of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The 6'5" shooting guard played college basketball for Florida before being selected third overall in the 2012 NBA draft by Washington.
High school career
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; 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 averaging 14.8 points per game.
Washington Wizards (2012–present)
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.
On October 11, 2014, Beal underwent an MRI that revealed a non-displaced fracture of the scaphoid bone in his left wrist, subsequently requiring surgery. He was later ruled out for six to eight weeks. After missing the first nine games of the season with the injury, he made his season debut on November 19 against the Dallas Mavericks. In just under 26 minutes off the bench, he recorded a team-high 21 points, as well as 3 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 steal, in the 102-105 loss. He went on to make a game-winning buzzer beater on December 10 against the Orlando Magic. With 0.8 second left on the clock, coach Randy Wittman drew up a guard around screen for Beal off the pass from Andre Miller that ended Orlando's attempts to send the game into overtime. He finished the game with 9 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 block in the 91-89 win.
On February 5, Beal injured his right big toe and was later sidelined indefinitely after subsequent tests revealed a mild stress reaction in his right fibula. He missed eight games with the injury, as he returned to action on February 28 against Detroit, scoring eight points in 32 minutes as the Wizards snapped a six-game losing streak with a 99-95 win.
In Game 1 of the Wizards' semi-final match-up against the Atlanta Hawks on May 3, Beal scored a playoff career-high 28 points despite spraining his ankle early in the fourth quarter, helping his team defeat the Hawks 104-98. In Game 4 of the series on May 11, Beal scored a new playoff career-high with 34 points in a loss to the Hawks which tied the series up at 2-2. The Wizards went on to lose the series to the Hawks in six games.
NBA career statistics
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|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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