GAINESVILLE – Bradley Beal handled the process more maturely than most, Billy Donovan said. As the Florida freshman weighed whether to return for his sophomore year or leave for the NBA Draft, he didn't let outside influences affect him.
Beal and Donovan mapped out the pros and cons, and the coach felt comfortable that Beal was considering the right things. How he could improve his leadership by returning. How a team losing only one senior would be in a position to advance further than the Elite Eight.
So when Beal decided this week that the pros of leaving for the NBA, where he is a projected lottery pick, outweighed those of returning, Donovan understood.