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WASHINGTON (AP) _ The Washington Wizards have chosen Bradley
Beal of Florida with the No. 3 pick in the NBA draft.

The 6-foot-4 freshman guard averaged 14.8 points and 6.5
rebounds for the Gators last season. Beal, who turned 19 on
Thursday, joins a backcourt headlined by John Wall, the first
selection in the 2010 draft.

The Wizards finished were 20-46 last season. Washington closed
the season on a six-game winning streak, but missed the playoffs
for a fourth straight campaign.

Considered one of the premier perimeter shooters in the draft,
Beal made 10 of 19 of his 3-point attempts during the NCAA
tournament. Last season the Wizards ranked 28th in the NBA from
beyond the arc, shooting 32 percent.

Beal was the third consecutive SEC freshman selected in the
first three picks.