Friday night, Brad Beal was busy helping Chaminade Prep capture a district title. After dropping 32 points and six assists in a victory, the 6-foot-3 inch sophomore found himself with enough free time to squeeze in a quick trip to Lawrence where he watched Kansas handle rival Missouri 90-65. Then it was back home to St. Louis to prepare for Wednesday's sectional round of the Missouri class 5 playoffs.
Having already watched the Jayhawks and Tigers square off in Columbia in February, Beal enjoyed watching the rematch.
"It was a real good game," said Beal. "Kansas played hard and Mizzou didn't play as good as they usually do. Kansas just thrashed them."
The visit marked the third time that Beal had been in Lawrence since last summer. He first made the trip to play with his high school team in a camp. After that, Beal was back for Late Night in the Phog in October and he found Sunday's atmosphere to be very similar to that October trip.
"It was about the same, with a lot of people," said Beal of the atmosphere. "It's a basketball school there so it was crowded. It seemed like almost everybody in the town was at the game. It was wild in there."
Following the game, Beal was able to spend some time with the Jayhawk players and coaches.
"I went into the locker after the game and talked to a few of the players and coaches afterwards," Beal told Phog.Net. "It was real fun and the guys were encouraging me to go there."
With additional scholarship offers on the table from Missouri, Illinois, Florida and many others, Beal has several great options. For the time being, he's still planning to take another look at things once his season wraps up. He wants to make sure that he's thinking with a clear head and stay focused on doing what he's capable of on the basketball floor.
"It's the same thing. I'm going to wait until after the season to decide what I'm going to do next," said Beal of his recruitment. "I just put it to the side and play. Now that people realize that I'm better than they thought I've got to just keep showing it to them and play hard."
The way Beal looks at things, the best way to show everybody what he can do is to help lead his team to a state title while showing that he's just as much a team player as he is a star. If anything, he and his teammates are confident that they can make a run.
"We're not nervous at all and we're real confident right now," said Beal. "We think we can win and we want to do our best to go to State."