As anyone who has been following the Team USA basketball program knows, it's becoming common practice for chairman Jerry Colangelo to get young players involved in some capacity through the Select Team that scrimmages against the top squad. John Wall is one of several NBA players who will make up the Select Team this season.
But it's also possible that Colangelo has another Wizards' youngster on his radar. Colangelo joined "Holden And Danny" on 106.7 The Fan on Monday morning and was asked about Bradley Beal, the Wizards' No. 3 overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. Colangelo admitted that there's a chance Beal could get into the pipeline soon if he plays well.
"Beal is a terrific player and has a bright future in the NBA. We’ve got our antennae up on all these young players who are coming up the pike," Colangelo said.
Beal has experience competing internationally, as he was named MVP of the 2010 FIBA Under-17 World Championships. Beal averaged over 18 points per game in leading a squad that featured Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Andre Drummond, Tony Wroten, Marquis Teague, James Michael McAdoo and more to an 8-0 record. That means we could very well see him on the Select Team this time next year if he has a strong rookie year.
"If Beal gets off to a good start, we’ll be watching him as he comes into the league and his name is on the board," Colangelo said.