Bradley Beal Leaving Florida, Will Declare For NBA Draft

March 24, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Florida Gators guard Bradley Beal (23, right) shoots the ball against Louisville Cardinals guard Kevin Ware (23, left) during the first half in the finals of the west region of the 2012 NCAA men's basketball tournament at US Airways Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE

Bradley Beal, from the University of Florida, informed head coach Billy Donovan that he will be forgoing his last three years of NCAA eligibility and declare for the NBA Draft. Beal is a top 5 prospect for this draft and depending on who you ask, can be ranked as high as No. 3 after Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.

Beal gets lots of comparisons to NBA players such as Eric Gordon and Ray Allen. If the Cavaliers have an opportunity to draft him anywhere after MKG and Davis are gone, I hope they don't pass up that chance.

"He’s not Ray Allen now," Donovan said. "But he will be."

GatorZone announced his decision on Friday and Beal said that it was one of the hardest decisions he's ever made.

"It was just so hard to come in here the other day and tell Coach that I was leaving," said Beal, who won’t turn 19 until June. "I got very emotional when I was telling him. I love this place. I love this program. I really bought into the whole experience. I may not have had the best [season] I could have had, but in terms of just fun and enjoying the game it could not have been any better."
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