Round 1 – No. 3
Bradley Beal, G
Height: 6’4 ¾” – Weight: 202 lbs.
Age: 19 – Class: Freshman
Florida Gators guard Bradley Beal did not have to wait long see his dream come true on Thursday evening as he was selected with the No. 3 overall pick in the first round of the 2012 NBA Draft by the Washington Wizards.
Beal only played at Florida for one season but quickly became the Gators most important player. He played a team-high 34.2 minutes per game and averaged 14.8 points (second-most on the team) while registering team-highs of 6.7 rebounds and 1.4 steals. He only got better in the postseason, leading Florida to the Elite Eight by shooting 60.5 percent from the field and 42.1 percent from downtown in the 2012 NCAA Tournament.
The 2011 Gatorade National Player of the Year coming out of high school, Beal received plenty of awards from the Southeastern Conference throughout his freshman campaign. He won SEC Freshman of the Week six times and was named to the All-SEC first team and SEC All-Freshman Team by the league’s coaches.
Beal will sign a four-year contract with Washington worth approximately $17.7 million, the final two years of which are team options. He would be a restricted free agent in the 2015-16 season should the Wizards sign him to a $6.2 million qualifying offer.
The Washington franchise (dating back to 1961) had never selected a player out of Florida before drafting Beal on Thursday. He will be the first Gators star to play for the Wizards since G Mike Miller (2009-10).
Beal, the 11th first-round pick out of Florida all-time, matches forward/center Al Horford as the second-highest drafted player in school history. Neal Walk was selected by Phoenix with the No. 2 overall pick in 1969.
Point guard Erving Walker, was not selected in the two-round draft.
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