Bradley Beal reveals crazy story about choosing Florida over Kansas
Washington Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal played one year of college ball at Florida and was a star. His stellar play under head coach Billy Donovan led him to become the No. 3 overall pick in the 2012 draft.
However, if Beal’s mom had it her way, Bradley would have played at Kansas instead of Florida.
On the latest episode of All The Smoke with Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson, Beal said his mom didn’t talk to him for two months after announcing he was going to Florida instead of Kansas (h/t Tyler Conway of Bleacher Report).
“I’m on the stand. I’ve got all my hats in front of me…so I’m giving my speech and I’m looking at moms and she’s like, ‘Boy, you better say the right school.’ She wanted me to go to Kansas. Kansas is four hours from St. Louis—right down the street. Me, I wanted to get the hell away from St. Louis. I wanted to be as far away as I could possibly go and be on my own,” the Wizards star narrated.
“I’m on the stand, I said, ‘I’m going to the University of Florida.’ She got up, walked out, didn’t say nothin’, didn’t clap. I didn’t talk to her for two months. Living in the same house.”
Bradley Beal averaged 14.8 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.2 assists in his lone season at Florida. The Wizards selected the St. Louis native with the hope that he would become a franchise staple at the shooting guard position next to John Wall.
Beal has not only become a franchise player for the Wizards, but he’s also one of the best guards in the entire NBA. The two-time All-Star was averaging 30.5 points per game for the team in 2019-20 before the season was suspended due to COVID-19.
You can’t really blame the Wizards superstar for wanting to live in sunny Florida instead of Kansas. Beal’s mom may have been upset at Bradley back in the day, but she couldn’t be prouder of him now.