WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – Bradley Beal has a busy weekend ahead of him representing the Washington Wizards during the 2014 NBA All-Star weekend festivities.
Although he won’t be competing in the All-Star Game, like teammate John Wall, he will be playing in the Rising Stars Challenge on Friday, and then the Three-Point Contest on Saturday.
Former NBA great Grant Hill, serving as General Manager of one of the Rising Stars teams, has been watching Beal since his days at the University of Florida, and hand-picked him for his squad.
Also, Hill thinks it’s just a matter of time before Beal will be an All-Star himself.
“He’ll have a chance to come out and play on this stage, and showcase what the fans in Washington know: that he’s a great young player,” Hill told 106.7 The Fan’s Grant Paulsen and Danny Rouhier. “A player who my special adviser in the draft, Charles Barkley, thinks will be an All-Star one day, and I would probably agree with Charles on that too.”
Hill had some positive words for the Wizards as well, and some advice for how they can get over the seemingly unconquerable .500 hump.
“They’ve taken a big step already, I think,” Hill said.
“In terms of taking another step, it’s just becoming consistent. You can’t relax, you can’t think you’ve arrived once you get to that point, and they had a tough loss the other night against Cleveland, against a team they should have beaten.
“When you’ve struggled like this franchise has struggled, and all of a sudden you’re in the playoffs and you’re .500, there’s a tendency to feel like you’ve arrived,” he said. “I know Coach [Randy] Wittman is certainly on those guys about staying hungry, making sure they’re prepared, and understanding that it’s not the same old Wizards. Now teams know that this is a good team, and they’re coming in prepared and ready to go.”