The city of Saint Louis, Chaminade Prep and the St. Louis Eagles summer program have already been good to the Florida Gators. Producing former Gator and current New York Knicks double double machine David Lee, the city school and summer program have produced another potential Gator in Brad Beal.
A 6-3 sophomore shooting guard, Beal has emerged as one of most highly sought after players in the class of 2011. Building off of a solid performance during the summer, the guard has been on a scoring rampage all season long.
"Over the summer I was doing pretty good," said Beal. "I figured I was going to have to keep it up and I just kept working hard and I've gotten better and better."
Long and lanky, Beal is natural with the ball in his hands and has a feel for scoring the ball. He'll slowly yo-yo the ball before snapping off a low and quick crossover dribble to shake a defender before pulling up for a floater or a mid-range jumper. Add in range that extends comfortably beyond the three point line and an unselfish nature and you've got a pretty versatile – and still growing – prospect.
"I think I'm probably a combo guard on the next level," said the 15 year old Beal. "I could play either the one, the two or three if they want me to."
In addition to Florida, Beal lists Kansas, Illinois and Missouri as the programs that he's hearing from the most and they've all offered. As for his relationship with the Gators, it's quite solid at this point.
"It's really good with Florida," Beal told Fightin' Gators.com. "I call them like every week or a couple of times a week. I think I've really got a good relationship with their coaches."
Having already visited Florida along with the other programs on his list, many have speculated that Beal could be making an early decision. For now, though, Beal says that any thoughts about choosing a school will be pushed off until at least the spring or early summer.
"I'm not really thinking about that right now because it doesn't really matter," said Beal. "I just want to go where I'm most comfortable and I feel like I'll like playing for the coaches."