FOUR BITS: Beal, Frazier, Larson, Prather

By Adam Silverstein
May 22, 2013

1 » Washington Wizards rookie guard Bradley Beal, whose attendance at the 2013 NBA Draft Lottery on Tuesday earned his team the No. 3 overall pick in this year’s draft, faces a long journey before he returns to the court. Beal suffered numerous injuries during the 2013 season and was forced to miss the final nine games of the campaign (as well as 20 of the last 25) after it was revealed that he had a stress injury (fracture) to his fibula. He was originally given a six-week timetable for recovery but is past that at this point. Beal told Comcast SportsNet on Tuesday that he has not “done any basketball-related activities” since the end of the season and will be “going to get another X-ray” in the next few weeks. He should be fine for the start of next season but must heal the stress fracture completely before he returns to the court.

2 » Florida Gators guard Michael Frazier II has accepted an invitation to try out for USA Basketball’s under-19 team, which will be coached by Florida head coach Billy Donovan through the 2013 U19 FIBA World Championship. Frazier, who is entering his sophomore season, will be one of 24 invitees competing for 12 roster spots. Training camp lasts for six days from June 14-19 in Colorado Springs, CO, but the roster will be finalized on June 16. Should he make the team, Frazier will join Donovan in Prague, Czech Republic from June 27-July 7 as Donovan looks to win a second FIBA gold medal. “It’s an honor to have this opportunity with USA Basketball,” Frazier said in a school release. “I’m really looking forward to competing with some of the best players in the country and trying to earn a place on the team.”

Read two more Florida Gators basketball news BITS…after the break!

3 » Former Florida forward Cody Larson, who took a year off from basketball and did not return to the team last season, spent the year in school and off the court. Larson had his scholarship pulled for off-the-court issues and decided not to accept head coach Billy Donovan‘s offer to walk on and earn his scholarship back. On Tuesday, Larson officially transferred back to his home state and will begin playing for the South Dakota State Jackrabbits, according to the Argus Leader. “I wanted to come closer to home where I can have some fun and just play basketball with no outside distractions,” he said, “and just put my head down and work hard and earn every minute I get.” He continued: “Through all the trouble I’ve been in, I know that this will be the hardest task to take on in terms of maturity. If I can utilize my talents and my potential in this aspect of my life, I’m completely confident about any other area of my life.”

4 » Posted from the phone of Gators G/F Casey Prather, here is a trick shot that was filmed recently while the Florida basketball team was in the practice facility.

3 Comments

  1. Joe says:

    Trick shot or creative editing.

  2. VO2max says:

    Fake

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