Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
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Given how weak this draft is after Anthony Davis, Florida’s Bradley Beal is an intriguing choice anywhere from No. 2 through 5 or 6.
DraftExpress.com has him at No. 5 after Davis, Andre Drummond, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Thomas Robinson, and ahead of Jared Sullinger, Harrison Barnes and John Henson.
“I like him at 6th to 10th,” one veteran NBA scout told SNY.tv following a report by CBSSports.com that Beal was turning pro following his freshman season.
Listed at 6-foot-3, Beal averaged 14.8 points on 45 percent shooting and 34 percent from deep. He also averaged 6.5 rebounds.
He went for 20 points against Kentucky in the SEC Tournament semis and had 21 on 8-for-10 shooting in Florida’s win over Marquette in the NCAAs.
“He has long arms,” the NBA scout said. “Even though he’s only 6-3, he shoots well. He rebounded very well. He’s a surprisingly good rebounder and really improved as the year went on at Florida and has a very good upside.
“He’s very good.”
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.