Class of 2011 elite shooting guard Bradley Beal wanted to get his recruitment over with before the start of his junior season. On Monday he made the call for the SEC.
In a tight race with Kansas, Florida came out on top and has landed Beal, the No. 1-ranked shooting guard in his class.
"It was a really tough decision," said Beal, 6-foot-3, 170-pounds from St. Louis Chaminade High School. "It came down to Florida and Kansas."
The coaching of Billy Donovan was the main factor that swung Beal to Florida.
"I like the school itself, and then Coach Donovan is just great," he said. "He is going to push me to work hard and hasn't guaranteed me anything. That is what I like. It pushes me to work even harder."
Beal is also excited about playing with top 10 2011 prospect Austin Rivers, who is also committed to Florida.
"I expect Austin to be at Florida with me," he said. "In my opinion we will be the best backcourt in the country. We are the two of the best guards in our class, and I'm looking forward to playing with him. We are similar players and will be able to share both guard spots with each other."
Bradley Beal scouting report:
The top shooting guard prospect in his class, Beal is a high level scorer who scores in a variety of ways. He shoots the ball accurately from deep and can get to the basket while also having an extremely dangerous pull up game in the midrange. A good ball handler as well, Beal is also capable of defending at a high level.