Florida freshman Brad Beal knows all about Kentucky's talented freshman foursome. He was teammates with them in various all-star games and played for Team USA with Anthony Davis, Marquis Teague and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.
He was also heavily recruited by Kentucky coach John Calipari before settling on the Gators.
Yet, Beal is the first to acknowledge the improvement he's seen from Teague,?Kidd-Gilchrist and Davis.
"To an extent there play has surprised me this year because those guys have all got a lot better. Coach Cal is a great coach and he has really pushed those guys to the limit, and it shows," Beal said after Kentucky beat Florida by 20 points last week. "They have got a lot better from what I?have seen since playing with them over the summer. Those guys are really improving and tonight it really showed. They were just a lot better than even I?anticipated."
What specifically has changed about Davis?
"He is a lot more athletic. He is more agile. He is not falling over like he used to. I?mean, he bulked up a little bit even if you can't see it," Beal said. "He's a lot more physical, a lot stronger than he used to be. He was always good, but bulking up and getting stronger has just made him even better. I hear people talk about him not being physical, but they must not be playing against him. He's plenty strong."