Thanks to several scoring outbursts, sophomore Brad Beal has been a hot name with coaches and evaluators. A 6-foot-3 shooting guard at Chaminade College Prep in Saint Louis, Beal is averaging over 23 points a game with a season high of 52.
With his angular and long frame, Beal is very skilled with the ball. He can go right or left off the bounce, has a developed mid-range game and deep range on his quick releasing and accurate jumper. Very savvy, he's still growing and figures to become more explosive athletically as he matures.
"My biggest strength would be on the offensive end," said Beal. "My weakness would be that I need to work on my quickness more than anything and maybe my defense."
As rapidly as things have come together for Beal, he's still got a high ceiling for improvement and is a hard worker. Given that and his already proven ability to score, he's hearing from all sorts of college programs.
After getting a look at him at a team camp last summer, Bill Self offered early and Kansas has been a constant presence in Beal's recruitment.
"I like Kansas," Beal told Phog.Net. "They've got a good staff. I like their style and I had a lot of fun there."
For now, the 15 year old Beal is focusing on his sophomore season. As it stands, he sees a lot of similarities in the way staffs are recruiting him so he's going to be watching the television closely and studying how the different schools recruiting him play. Because, he knows how he wants to play on the next level.
"They all use the same approach really," said Beal of how different schools have approached his recruitment. "They come to a lot of my games and I call them every now and then to see how things are going. I'm really just trying to see how their season is going. I look at them on tv and see how they are doing."
"I like up-tempo basketball, getting it up and down the court. I don't like to slow it down, I like getting up the floor real fast."