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23 - Bradley Beal

Florida 

  • Birthday: 6/28/93
  • NBA Position: Shooting Guard
  • Class: Freshman
  • Ht: 6-4
  • Wt: 202
  • Hometown: St. Louis, MO
  • High School: Chaminade
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NBA Comparison: Eric Gordon/Marcus Thornton

Strengths: Talented shooting guard with a prototypical skill-set for the position ... Strong build ... Has solid size, standing about 6'4" in shoes with a 6'7" wingspan ... A good overall athlete with good quickness and speed for his position ... Isn't terribly explosive, but finishes strong around the rim regardless ... A gifted jump-shooter ... Effortless mechanics with a buttery release and a consistent follow-through ... Doesn't need a lot of time to get squared-up to the hoop ... Dangerous in spot-up situations ... Has to be constantly monitored by the defense, especially when he camps in the corner ... NBA range ... Won't hesitate firing out to about 25 feet ... Good quickness and shows a nice first step, so his driving ability can and should improve ... Willing to take the ball inside when the defense overplays him on the perimeter ... Gets to the free-throw line at an adequate rate (4.7 attempts per game in 2011-2012) ... Understands how to run the court in transition opportunities; with the ball or without ... Should be able to defend his position at the next level ... Displays strong defensive instincts; moving his feet well and getting a lot of deflections ... Great overall anticipation while defending passing lanes ... Blocked nearly a shot per game in his freshman season ... Rebounds much bigger than his size (pulled down 6.7 per game) … Very high basketball IQ ... Extremely unselfish ... Doesn't have to clog the offense or dominate the basketball to be an effective scorer ... Learned how to effectively move the ball around the court in Billy Donovan's system ... Won't turn 19 years old until draft night ... Still has a lot of room to grow ...

Weaknesses: May be an inch or two shorter than most starting shooting guards in the NBA, and he doesn't have the kind of explosive leaping ability that would compensate ... Is prone to getting his shot blocked when he takes the ball inside ... Struggles in traffic. Size appears to be an issue for him when in around the basket ... Not a polished ball-handler, has yet to show a consistent ability to get to the rim off the dribble from the periemeter ... Won't often look to create for himself or others off the dribble ... Had an inconsistent year behind the arc, shooting only 34% from outside, struggled especially early in the year ...

Overall: Beal might not have the ideal size of a starting two-guard in the NBA, but he absolutely has the talent to be a successful starter for a long time ... His game would flourish on a team with a good pass-first point guard and another established scorer on the roster ... Shouldn't fall out of the top-10 on draft night and could sneak up a few spots if he measures better than expected at the combine ...

Tyler Ingle 5/21/12

Strengths: At 6’4, 185 lbs and a well-defined frame that has filled out more and more over the past year, Beal has decent size for a SG prospect … His most outstanding trait as a prospect is his jump shot … Beal shows a terrific stroke, very good mechanics and is a huge threat coming off screens or spotting up … Although not quite as good off the dribble, he’s still very good in that area too … He’ll be a very effective 3-point shooter in Gainesville immediately … Defensively Beal is also strong … He’s fundamentally sound, shows an excellent feel for the game and he’s got the body and enough athleticism to defend SG’s and most PG’s … Plays a mature game, and doesn’t force the issue or look to score outside of the offensive flow much …Has great upside as an off-ball scorer … Can pull up for jumpers and knock them down consistently from mid-range … Able to finish effectively around the rim when he gets there … High basketball IQ … Unselfish passer … Already is pretty strong and physically developed … Seems to have good leadership potential and is definitely a team oriented player ... Can flush off the break without needing to plan his footwork moving towards the basket ... Also a high level passer for a 2 guard ...

Weaknesses: Beal can improve upon his ball-handling … He isn’t the best at getting his own shots off the bounce, and sometimes struggles to get all the way to the rim … Beal also can be crowded to slow down his effectiveness a bit too much … A solid, but not standout athlete, and doesn’t own a quick enough first step to initially gain consistent advantages on defenders … Beal also is of mediocre height for an NBA SG, at 6’4 and with solid though not outstanding (6'7 wingspan) length … Would much rather pull up for jumpers than try his hand at finishing around the rim against the trees ...

Overall: Beal is a solid prospect with good ability on offense … His jump shot is outstanding, his ability to score off the bounce from mid-range is also great, he’s got a pretty good body for a young SG, and he’s a strong defender too … He’s not a tremendous athlete or ball-handler though, and thus struggles some as a finisher and slasher, but he does have great upside as an off-ball scorer at the SG spot … He’s a likely top 20 pick whenever he declares ...

Notes: Measured 6'3.5 (in shoes) 196 lbs, with a 6'7 wingspan at the 2011 Deron Williams Skills Academy.

Jorrye Nixon 7/20/11

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