Bradley Beal, the MVP of this past summer's U17 FIBA World Championship in Germany, has signed a national letter of intent with the Florida Gators, coach Billy Donovan announced Wednesday.
Beal was a member of the gold-medal winning United States team that won the inaugural U17 FIBA World Championship this past summer in Germany.
A 6-foot-3, 180- pound shooting guard from Chaminade College Prep School in St. Louis, Mo., is rated the No. 2 player at his position and No. 7 player overall in the 2011 recruiting class according to ESPN.com, Scout.com and Rivals.com. The St. Louis, Mo., native will become the first Chaminade player to play for Florida since former Gator and current NBA All-Star David Lee from 2002-05.
"Clearly, I feel like we signed one of the best guards in the country," Donovan said. "We're extremely excited about adding Brad, we believe he's a special player and a winner, and excited that he's going to be a part of our program."
In March, Beal was named the 2010 Gatorade Player of the Year in Missouri following a junior year where he led his school to a 21-6 record and the Class 5 district championship, averaging 29 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game.