Brad Beal: "I Just Want To Play."

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Raise your hand if you thought Brad Beal would have made his pick by now? There was a time when the No. 10 junior nearly made the call. However, as he told us last weekend, the decision is a difficult one.

Hey Brad Beal, weren't you supposed to have been committed by now?

"I thought I would but more and more schools started coming along," Beal said at last weekend's USA Basketball mini-camp. "I just started considering some schools and some were big time that I wanted to consider. I was like ‘wow' and kept them coming and didn't end my recruitment."

At the time, there was a school of thought that Florida and Kansas were the strongest. Beal, ranked No. 10 in the Class of 2011, had tons of schools track him down at St. Louis Chaminade this fall. He's updated his list.

"Kansas, Florida, Illinois, Missouri, Duke, Purdue, Minnesota and Wake Forest," Beal rattled off.

As for a timetable, Beal wasn't so sure. "It's a little blurry now. It's going to be a tough decision. I'm trying to figure out what system and school fits me the best. Who is there and who is leaving?

"I could go far away or I could stay close to home. I just want to play."

Beal indicated that he'll watch games, go to practice and see what style suits him. This weekend he'll trip to Kansas for the opening weekend of practice.

Last weekend, Beal traveled to Colorado Springs for USA mini-camp. He couldn't play because of the boot on his ankle. He does credit last year's gold-medal winning experience with giving his game a major boost.

"It empowered me. I was real honored to be able to represent the country. When I was selected I had to step up and increase my game."


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