Wizards draft Bradley Beal: Notes and Quotes

By Adam Silverstein
June 29, 2012

Round 1 – No. 3
Bradley Beal, G
Washington Wizards

Height: 6’4 ¾” – Weight: 202 lbs.
Age: 19 – Class: Freshman

» Beal on how he felt after being selected: “I’m at a loss for words right now honestly. Coming in I wasn’t nervous at all. I saw the second pick come in and I was nervous and then the third pick and I was nervous. Just to have my name called was a great feeling and an honor right now.”

» Beal on if this is his best birthday gift ever: “Oh by far. It’s better than the toys my mom gave me when I was little.”

» Beal on playing with point guard John Wall: “John Wall plays fast. That’s the way I love to play. That’s the way I’ve played all my life, especially at Florida. I love to great up-and-down, create for others and create for myself. I’m really hoping I can play alongside of him and knock down some shots for him.”

» Beal on being chosen by the Wizards (via Florida): “This is a dream come true, and in the back of my mind I was hoping I was coming here — my prayers were answered. I really can’t wait to get around with the guys and get on the court to get things rolling.”

» Beal told the em>Washington Post prior to being drafted that he does not plan on wearing No. 23 in the NBA no matter what team selected him but especially if he was going to play in D.C. out of respect for Michael Jordan (the team will likely be retiring his number sooner than later). “He only flashed a sly grin when asked about what number he planned to wear in the NBA, but the former Allen Iverson fan also admitted that he previously wore No. 3,” wrote the paper. No. 3, which was not worn by anyone on the team last season, is the number Beal officially chose on Friday at his press conference.

» Gators head coach Billy Donovan on Beal going in the top three (via Florida): “It’s just great. To hear Brad’s name called and to see him walk across that stage — with Florida up there alongside his name — I think it’s awesome. I’m so happy for him, and I know he thinks he’s walking into a great situation.”

» Washington team President Ernie Grunfeld on picking Beal: “We feel real good about it. Bradley’s someone we focused in on. We got a young player that can really fit into what we’re trying to do. He’s an outstanding outside shooter, very competitive, a good defensive player. I think he and John will mix well in the backcourt and he will mix well with the rest of our players.”

» Wizards head coach Randy Wittman on adding Beal: “We’re excited. He was right there on our board. Didn’t know if he’d be there; obviously there has been a lot of talk the last three or four days with a lot of teams trying to trade up to get him. When Charlotte made their Kidd-Gilchrist decision, we were pretty excited.”

» Washington owner Ted Leonsis on what Beal brings to the table: “We were very fortunate that we would get a good player because this was a deep draft, but he was the player for many months that everyone agreed was the best fit not only because he was a great athlete and a great player but a wonderful kid. He’ll really fit very well with the team and the culture and what we’re trying to build here in Washington. He really loved the city, loved the teammates. Everyone wants to play with John Wall. So when he fell to us, yeah, there was a sense of relief and gratitude. We got another great please that can help rebuild this team.”

» Beal on how he feels about the Washington franchise: “Ever since I left the workout with the Wizards, I knew that I wanted to be here. Just the feeling of it – talking to Coach Wittman and Mr. Grunfeld here – it just felt right. The city itself is a great city. I just felt as though it was the right place. And I wanted these guys to promise me, even though they didn’t, that they would take me. But I’m still glad I’m here.”

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