Beal, Walker off to good NBA summer league starts


A pair of former Gators have gotten off to strong starts in NBA summer league play in Las Vegas.

For former Gator guard Bradley Beal, it was expected. After all, Beal was the third overall pick of the Washington Wizards. In his first three summer league games with the Wizards, Beal is averaging 18.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg and 2.3 apg in three summer league games. He’s not shooting the ball well (41 percent from the field, 25 percent from 3-point range) but has shown the ability to draw contact while getting to the basket (28 trips to the free-throw line in his first three games).

Beal told me last fall his early shooting woes in college were related to getting used to the speed of theĀ  game (getting a quicker release off on his shot). I would expect a similar adjustment for Beal in the NBA, which is an even more explosive league.

Meanwhile, former Gator point guard Erving Walker did as much he could do to impress the Phoenix Suns in his first summer league game. Walker scored 12 points off the bench, going a perfect 5-5 from the floor and 2-2 from 3-point range. He also had two assists.

Walker is more of a longshot to make the Suns. But with a strong showing in Las Vegas, Walker could earn an invite to an NBA training camp in October, or land a contract overseas.

Other notes:

— Remember former Florida point guard Nick Calathes? After three seasons in Greece, the two-time UF single-season record holder for assists has signed a contract for a team in Russia.

— Former Gator forward Alex Tyus has earned his Israeli citizenship, but will play the next two seasons in Italy. Tyus was named sixth man of the year in the Israeli pro league last season.

— 2013 Florida point guard commit Kasey Hill lit it up at the Adidas Invitational in Indianapolis, scoring 45 points in a game. Florida coach Billy Donovan was on hand to watch Hill in action.

— The Gators also are in the hunt for Hill’s travel-league teammate, uncommitted 2013 pf Chris Walker. The 6-foot-9 Walker, who has both Florida in Kansas in his final five choices, displayed his inside scoring and rebounding at the LeBron James Skills Academy.






  1. just kind of curious what could had happened to Nick C. if he had stayed at UF instead of being so hard headed?’s kind of funny how at that the time he was the one looking like a future NBA pg but instead it was his teammate chandler parson that is in the NBA and is doing good..smh

  2. Obviously things have not panned out for Calathes. If he had stayed he would have developed nicely under Billy D just like Parsons but instead he left and is pretty much a nobody overseas and his dream to play in the NBA is all but gone. IT actually worked out for us that he left because we went to back to back ELITE 8s. Under Calathes we didn’t even make the NCAAs so that shows he was not a very good leader. Oh well.

  3. Walker is everything a coach could want in basketball attitude. Should make a great role player the NBA.
    Calathes’ was one of the best passers I’ve seen. I honestly thought Walker played a taller game. Everyone dunked on him.