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Washington Wizards Get Their Man, Bradley Beal Picked Third At NBA Draft

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Bradley Beal of the Florida Gators greets NBA Commissioner David Stern after he was selected number three overall by the Washington Wizards during the first round of the 2012 NBA Draft.  (credit: Elsa/Getty Images)

Bradley Beal of the Florida Gators greets NBA Commissioner David Stern after he was selected number three overall by the Washington Wizards during the first round of the 2012 NBA Draft. (credit: Elsa/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — The Washington Wizards have chosen Bradley Beal of Florida with the No. 3 pick in the NBA draft.

The 6-foot-4 freshman guard averaged 14.8 points and 6.5 rebounds for the Gators last season. Beal, who turned 19 on Thursday, joins a backcourt headlined by John Wall, the first selection in the 2010 draft.

The Wizards finished were 20-46 last season. Washington closed the season on a six-game winning streak, but missed the playoffs for a fourth straight campaign.

Considered one of the premier perimeter shooters in the draft, Beal made 10 of 19 of his 3-point attempts during the NCAA tournament. Last season the Wizards ranked 28th in the NBA from beyond the arc, shooting 32 percent.

The youngster is already familiar with the changing landscape of DC sports. He spoke highly of other capital prodigies John Wall, Bryce Harper, Stephen Strasburg and Robert Griffin III during an interview with LaVar Arrington and Danny Rouhier earlier in the week.

“I know D.C. is really restructuring all of their sports programs and to be a Washington Wizard would mean the world to me,” Beal said. “At the same time I know I can come in and make an impact as best I can and just try to get the team back on a winning streak.”

Beal was the third consecutive SEC freshman selected in the first three picks.

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