guard Brad Beal's high school basketball career ended last month, but the honors keep pouring in. Monday, Gatorade announced the University of Florida-bound guard is the 2011 National Boys Basketball Player of The Year.
He was named Gatorade's Player of the Year for the state of Missouri last month and over the weekend was named to Parade Magazine's First-Team All American Team.
Beal is the first basketball player from the state of Missouri to win the national Gatorade honor. Former De Smet standout Matt McKeon won Gatorade honors as the nation's best soccer player in 1992.
Beal's Red Devils won a state title during his sophomore season and were undefeated until losing to McCluer North in the state quarterfinals last month. Beal just returned from McDonalds All-American Game festivities in Chicago and will also be participating in Nike and Jordan Brand Classic events featuring more of the nation's top players later this month.
For the season, Beal averaged 32.4 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.7 steals.
Be sure to check back later for video from the ceremony.