Florida Gators signee Bradley Beal is Gatorade National Player of the Year
Bradley Beal, the Chaminade College Preparatory (St. Louis, Mo.) basketball star who will attend the University of Florida this fall, on Monday was named the 2010-11 Gatorade National Boys Basketball Player of the Year.
As the recipient of the 228th Gatorade National Player of the Year trophy to be awarded since 1985, Beal is the first student-athlete from the state of Missouri to earn the honor. Only two other Missourians have earned Gatorade National Player of the Year recognition in any sport: former Olympian and retired MLS midfielder Matt McKeon of De Smet Jesuit (1991-92) and retired Major Indoor Soccer League defender Kevin Hundelt of Aquinas-Mercy (1985-86).
Former NBA seven-time All Star and former Georgetown standout Alonzo Mourning, who earned Gatorade National Boys Basketball Player of the Year honors in 1987-88, gave Beal the news as he sat in his Global Issues class this morning.
"When I received the award in 1988, it was such a pivotal moment for me as an athlete. I'm grateful to be a part of this moment for Bradley, who is truly a phenomenal student-athlete on and off the court," Mourning said. "Gatorade has been on the sidelines fueling athletic performance for years, so to be recognized by a brand that understands the game and truly helps athletes perform is a huge honor for these kids."
The award recognizes outstanding athletic excellence and high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the court. A national advisory panel comprised of sport-specific experts and sports journalists helped select Beal from more than 540,000 boys basketball players nationwide. Beal is now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade Male High School Athlete of the Year award, to be presented at a special ceremony prior to The ESPY Awards in July.