For those that didn’t get a chance to see it, incoming 2011 Florida signee Brad Beal put together a dominating performance on national TV against inner city St. Louis rival McCluer North.
Beal scored 40 points, going 15-of-21 from the floor and 5-of-8 from 3-point line to lead Chaminade to the win over McCluer. Beal added six rebounds, six assists, four steals and two blocked shots.
Beal also outplayed Arkansas guard signee B.J. Young. Young scored 24 points for McCluer North, five below his average,
Beal’s smooth shooting stroke may be the best for a Florida player since Lee Humphrey. His dribble is still a little high, which could translate into turnovers at the college level. But he looks stronger than when I saw him last summer and is athletic enough to score points at the rim. Beal’s perimeter shooting would be welcome for a Florida team that currently ranks fifth in the SEC in 3-point field-goal percentage at 34.1 percent.
It should be interesting if both Erving Walker and Kenny Boynton return next season. Florida’s depth in the backcourt will include Beal, Rutgers transfer Mike Rosario, Boynton, Walker and sophomore-to-be Scottie Wilbekin. Even if Donovan decides to start three guards next season, two players will have to sacrifice playing time and accept reserve roles off the bench.