According to a report from Jeff Goodman of CBSSports.com, Florida freshman wing Bradley Beal will announce his intention to enter the 2012 NBA Draft on Friday.
Beal averaged 14.8 points and 6.7 rebounds per game for the Gators, earning SEC All-Freshman and First Team All-SEC honors as a result.
According to DraftExpress.com the St. Louis native ranks fifth among NBA Draft prospects, projecting Beal to be a lottery selection in this year’s draft.
In terms of the Gators’ roster makeup for next season, Beal’s departure puts them back at 12 scholarships with 2012 forward Anthony Bennett still on the board.
Florida received a commitment from DeVon Walker on Thursday, which put them at their full allotment of 13 scholarships at the time.
One has to wonder if Billy Donovan and his staff had an idea of what Beal was going to do when making that offer, and by the look of things they did.
According to Chris Harry of Gatorzone.com, Beal informed Donovan of his decision while holding back tears on Monday afternoon in the head coach’s office.
“I got very emotional when I was telling him. I love this place. I love this program. I really bought into the whole experience,” said Beal.
“I may not have had the best [season] I could have had, but in terms of just fun and enjoying the game it could not have been any better.”
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Monmouth used a 17-2 run in the final minutes to beat Rider on Friday night, a win that will keep the Hawks within striking distance of the kind of an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament should they fall in the MAAC tourney.
The run was capped by star point guard Justin Robinson, who buried this three with three seconds left to put Monmouth up for good, 79-78:
Allonzo Trier scored 15 of his 18 points in the second half and Parker Jackson-Cartwright scored 16 points in his second career start as No. 17 Arizona knocked off UCLA, 81-75, in Tucson on Friday night.
UCLA was up by as much as 11 points in the first half and took a ten point lead into half time, but in the second half, the Bruins were eventually done in by foul trouble and the stronger front line of the Wildcats.
Ryan Anderson and Kaleb Tarczewski were dominant down the stretch. The duo combined to score 12 of the last 23 point for the Wildcats, including the bucket that put the Wildcats ahead for the first time since early in the first half. Off of a missed free throw, UCLA’s Thomas Welsh battled with Tarczewski for the rebound, but when Welsh finally seemed to gain control of the loose ball, Anderson knocked it out of his hands and bullied through Jonah Bolden for a layup.
All told, those two combined for 20 points and 27 boards, seven of which were offensive. They also managed to foul out both Welsh and Tony Parker, although some of the calls that went against UCLA down the stretch were questionable.
The win keeps Arizona within a game of first place Oregon in the Pac-12 standings and tied for second with No. 23 USC, who will be visiting the McKale Center on Sunday night.