Brad Beal caught the eye of Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski during the LeBron James Skills Academy a week ago. That put Beal high on the list of 2011 prospects for the Devils, who continued to watch him during the Nike Peach Jam. In fact Coach K and one assistant were front and center for two of his games, and a Duke assistant was in place for the rest of his games.
Beal is a well rounded player who understands the game of basketball. There are few weaknesses in his game at his young age and has steadily climbed to recruiting rankings into a top ten spot. Beal first caught my eye during the Boo Williams Invitational, where I took in two of his games.
When on the court for his AAU team, the St. Louis Hawks, Beal wears number 23, but his favorite college player growing up was JJ Redick. During the Peach Jam he was playing well, but foul trouble made his second to last game the worst I had seen him play. But he bounced back for a 29 point, 10 rebound, 4 assist, 4 steal effort in his teams final victory.
After watching this kid play, it didn’t take me long to realize that this guy has some skill, so we’ve followed him ever sense. In fact, we were the first Duke site to ever mention Beal and secured the first interview with him. Our staff now seen Beal play 9 times, so we can break down his game for you. In fact, BDN has seen all Duke prospects numerous times, thus we can give you a “true” first hand account . I mean, would you rather hear about Andre Dawkins from someone who has seen him play in 23 games, or someone who goes on hearsay? That’s what makes BDN Premium the clear choice for Duke Basketball fans.
The following interview is our fourth with the Beal –
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