To say that Brad Beal is on a roll during his sophomore season would be an understatement. A 6-foot-3 shooting guard, the 15 year old Beal has been putting up monster numbers all season long while leading Chaminade to a strong start and emerging as one of the premier guard prospects in his class.
Saturday, InsideIllini.com was on hand to watch as Beal and his teammates fell to Hazelwood Central in the finals of the Ameritime Classic at Parkway West. After scoring 25 of his game high 33 points in the second half of a Friday night win in the semis, Beal struggled on Saturday scoring just seven points on an uncharacteristic 2-13 night from the floor.
Despite a loss that dropped Chaminade to 16-3, Beal thinks there's plenty that he can his squad can take away from a bad outing.
"A game like this can really help," Beal told InsideIllini.com. "We can learn a lot from our mistakes. We can learn to defend and rebound more, just concentrating on the little things."
After a solid freshman season, Beal exploded onto the national scene over the summer. He counts Illinois, Kansas, Florida and Missouri as the programs recruiting him the hardest. They like his mid-range game, ability to create off the bounce and his patience.
Maybe even more, schools love that he's still growing.
"I still get a little sore after practice and games and warmups," said Beal of playing through a growth spurt. "But, I've just got to keep going and work through all the kinks."
According to Beal, Illinois has made him a priority. They've offered him a scholarship and he's looking at them closely.
"They are a good team and I think they like to get up and down the court," said Beal. "Bruce Weber is a good coach. I really like talking to him a lot. He's funny."
Despite early rumors that he could be looking to make an early decision, Beal swears that he's in no hurry. He's just working on his game and trying to maintain or elevate his status in the class of 2011. When the time is right, he'll pull the trigger.
"I'm still trying to weigh out my options and see what school wants me the most," said Beal of a decision. "I need to figure out what place I'm most comfortable."