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Old 03-26-2012, 09:46 AM   #18 (permalink)
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Good article on Beal:

Which is all well and good, but it will obscure the story that’s driving Donovan’s current Gators. That one is about another young guard, who unlike Donovan was very much wanted and hyped, to the extent that he was the No. 4 recruit in Rivals’ Class of 2011 rankings and a projected lottery pick before even playing a college game. Brad Beal, a 6-foot-4 phenom from St. Louis, had a frustrating, cold-shooting start to his college career — “He had a lot of expectations,” Donovan said, “and he wasn’t having fun” — but is now threatening to take over this quadrant of the NCAA tournament.

In one of Marquette’s scouting sessions of Florida on Wednesday, coach Buzz Williams warned his team, “Beal is by far their most efficient player, relative to the things we study — the things that go into winning.” If the Golden Eagles didn’t take heed of it then, they can just look at the box score from their 68-58 loss, in which Beal scored 21 points on 8-of-10 shooting, grabbed six rebounds, dished out four assists, blocked two shots and had two steals. He did so many things that went into winning that his backcourt mate, junior Erving Walker, called Beal’s play spectacular. “He’s only a freshman,” Walker said, “but he’s been leading us.”

Before Beal could assume this role — and go for 14 points and 11 rebounds, then 14-and-9 and 21-and-6 in his first three NCAA tournament games, he had to come to terms with two things. The first was that he wasn’t valuable to the Gators as a one-dimensional gunner, which is what he started out trying to be. Beal only made 33 percent of his threes this season, and early on, Donovan said, “If his shot wasn’t falling, he wasn’t trying to do anything else.” Donovan talked to Beal about finding other ways to contribute, such as by driving the ball to the rim and rebounding. Beal responded by penetrating and dishing more often, and becoming the team’s leading rebounder, at 6.7 per game.
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