CONWAY – Brad Beal has shown the first two weeks of the AAU basketball season that he is indeed all that.
Beal had 15 of his game-high 19 points in the first half to lead the St. Louis Eagles over the Arkansas Wings 72-59 in the 16-and-under championship game of the Old School Super Regional at Hendrix' Grove Arena.
That gives Beal, a 6-3, 180-pound sophomore shooting guard from St. Louis Chaminade, and the Eagles two solid weekends after finishing second in the Boo Williams tournament the previous week.
"We played really well," said Beal, who had 29 points in the Boo Williams final. "We just wanted to get out and run because if we run up and down the floor nobody can really beat us because we are very fast."
Ky Madden and Hunter Mickelson had 15 points each to lead the Wings while UA commit Aaron Ross added 9 and David Rivers 8.
"We came out slow," Wings head coach Tim Loring said. "We just didn't get it going good early. Those guys finished second last weekend at Boo Williams and have had more practice. I think we will start peaking later when we have everybody together and practicing more."
Beal already has offers from Kansas, Florida, Illinois and Missouri with Arkansas, St. Louis and Purdue among other teams known to be interested.
"I can't be one dimensional because I would be easily guarded if I was," Beal said. "I have to try and mix up my game and try to confuse the defender with 3-pointers, drives to the goal and my mid-range game."
The Eagles head to the Jayhawk Invitational in Lawrence in a couple of weeks while the Wings will play next weekend in the Next Level Ballers Tournament in Dallas.
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