WASHINGTON (CBSDC) - Bradley Beal, who played college ball at Florida and is now entering his second season with the Washington Wizards, told a fascinating story about having to reject one of the greatest coaches in basketball history, while talking about the college recruiting process with Holden and Danny on 106.7 The Fan on Friday.
“Oh, he’s a cool guy,” Beal said of Duke basketball’s head coach, Mike Krzyzewski, arguably the greatest college coach ever. “He recruited me when I was in high school and just, that bond that I have with him, and just the feel of him, like he’s a great coach. Like, you can feel his legacy and his passion for the game that he has.”
“And he coached LeBron,” Beal went on. “Like, he doesn’t have this huge aura about himself, like being Mr. Bigshot because he’s coached Duke and all these other great guys that came through there, and all these other guys on the Olympic team, so he’s a real down to Earth guy and he wants the best for himself and his players, and the best for the team.”
“Did you tell him no, or did you just say ‘I’m going to Florida’ and let him hang out in the wind?” Holden Kushner asked.
“I didn’t tell him no, because they were definitely in the race, but I eventually had to tell him that I wasn’t going there,” Beal said. “And that’s probably the hardest thing you have to do, is tell a college coach you’re not going there.”
“So you called him?” Holden asked. “You called Coach Krzyzewski? How’s that conversation go?”
“It’s hard, because they try to do everything in their power to get you to go to their school,” Beal said. “Like, ‘Oh, you gotta de-commit. You gotta do this, do this, do that.’ But at the end of the day, he still respected my decision.”
“But he asked you, he said ‘C’mon man, don’t go to Florida. It’s so hot down there. It’s so nice up here?’” Kushner said.
“They make up every excuse possible in the book,” Beal explained.
“Give me one excuse he gave you, if you can remember.” Kushner said.
“If I can remember … I want to say he might have said ‘distance,’” Beal recalled. “But I mean, from St. Louis, it’s almost the same distance from Florida.”
“Yea, did you be like ‘Hey dude, I looked it up,’” Kushner pondered. “‘It’s only like eight miles of difference.’”\