GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Soon-to-be ex-Gator shooting guard Bradley Beal must have tuned into the NBA draft lottery on Wednesday night to sneak a peak at which teams have a chance to draft him on June 28.
ESPN NBA draft guru Chad Ford has him going anywhere from No. 2 overall to No. 5. A case could be made for any of those teams -- Charlotte, Washington, Cleveland or Sacramento -- drafting the talented and versatile Beal.
Beal is among the 60 players invited by the NBA to the Chicago pre-draft camp from June 7-8. Until then, let the speculation run rampant!
In his latest mock draft (5.0), Ford has the Washington Wizards drafting Beal with the No. 3 overall pick. Ford also has Beal No. 3 on his list of the top 100 prospects behind only Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.
In his evaluation, Ford calls Beal "an excellent athlete and can do just about everything on the floor. He can handle the ball, get to the basket, shoot the 3 with NBA range and he can even play point guard in a pinch." Ford says scouts were impressed with Beal's 6.7 rebounds per game, which led the Gators last season. But observers had some concerns about Beal's much-ballyhooed shooting touch (he shot 34 percent from 3-point range).
ESPN's Doug Gottlieb also ranked the top prospects available and pegged Beal at No. 2 overall, calling him a "prototype 2" who "should translate into an NBA shooting guard right away, especially with his athleticism and range."