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Florida freshman Bradley Beal declares for NBA draft

Pat McMahon Contributor

Florida freshman guard Bradley Beal announced Friday he will leave after his first season at the school to enter the NBA draft.

He first confirmed the decision his twitter account when responding to one of his followers “yessir!” when asked if he was leaving and also confirmed the decision on the school’s website just prior to a 10:30 a.m. press conference.

“It’s my dream and it’s sitting right here in front of me,” Beal said. “God has put me in this situation and I have to take advantage of it. I think I’m ready to realize this dream, so now I have to go and pursue it.”

Added UF coach Billy Donovan: “He’s as mature a kid at this age as I’ve ever been around. I really gave him a lot of space since the season ended. I don’t think he was influenced by anybody.”

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