|Florida Gators freshman Bradley Beal declares for NBA draft|
|Written by Anthony Rome|
|Friday, 13 April 2012 22:15|
Beal Declares for NBA Draft
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Florida guard Bradley Beal is turning pro, leaving the Gators after one season.
Beal announced his intentions Friday, declaring for the NBA draft after telling coach Billy Donovan.
The 6-foot-4 Beal is expected to be a lottery pick in the June 28 draft, predicted to go in the top five. Donovan calls the 18-year-old Beal ``as mature a kid at this age as I've ever been around.''
Beal says his dream is ``sitting right here in front of me'' and that he's ``ready to realize this dream.''
Beal averaged 14.8 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.2 assists as a freshman and made the first-team All-Southeastern Conference team.
He is the second player to leave Florida for the NBA after one season during Donovan's 16 years, joining Donnell Harvey (2000).