Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/28/13
During his four-day stint serving mostly as an attentive and enthusiastic spectator at Team USA basketball minicamp Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal was reminded of one of his early encounters with Mike Krzyzewski the coach of the U.S. men’s national team. Krzyzewski the legendary Duke coach recruited Beal out of high school traveling to St. Louis and attracting a large crowd of excitable teenagers when he sat in on one of Beal’s practices at Chaminade High. A few of the Duke assistants on the USA Basketball staff mentioned the visit to Beal but he avoided the subject with Krzyzewski. “He’s probably upset I didn’t go to Duke” Beal who chose to attend Florida said with a laugh. Krzyzewski certainly didn’t hold a grudge when it came to USA Basketball. He and program chairman Jerry Colangelo were adamant about having Beal in attendance at the minicamp even though the 6-foot-4 shooting guard would be limited because of a stress injury in his right fibula. The gesture said a lot about the impression Beal left on Krzyzewski and Colangelo in his rookie season in Washington and what they envision for his possible future within the program. Beal who shot jumpers and walked through light noncontact drills at the minicamp showed up each day in his practice uniform and dressed in a game uniform instead of a Team USA polo despite not playing in Thursday’s scrimmage at Thomas & Mack Center. “I’m very grateful and thankful for it because not a lot of guys get invited” Beal said. “. . .They can see the potential that I probably have but I still have next year to try to make the [FIBA World Cup in Spain] and hopefully I’ll be able to do that.” Beal who has missed three months with the injury plans to start doing live contact work in the next week or so after consulting with his agent and doctor. He expects to be ready for the start of Wizards training camp in late September.
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