Florida freshman Bradley Beal headed to NBA

By Jeff Goodman | College Basketball Insider

Florida freshman Bradley Beal is leaving Gainesville after just one season.

According to sources, the 6-foot-3 Beal -- whose return would have made the Gators a Top five preseason team next season -- will announce his departure on Friday at a news conference at 10:30 a.m.

Beal averaged 14.8 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.2 assists this past season and, according to several NBA executives, will be a high lottery pick inn June's NBA Draft.

One NBA executive said that Beal could even be taken as high as second overall.

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