Freshman Brad Beal Proving That He Is Best Player in the SEC

Rick GillispieCorrespondent IINovember 29, 2011

COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 15: Brad Beal #23 of the Florida Gators knocks the ball away from Aaron Craft #4 of the Ohio State Buckeyes during their game at Value City Arena on November 15, 2011 in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Florida 81-74. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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All the talk during the preseason has been about Kentucky's freshmen. Kentucky has Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Marquis Teague, all sure NBA prospects. With all that said, Florida's Brad Beal wanted to prove he is just as good.

Through six games for the Gators the St. Louis native has two double doubles and is averaging 17.0 points per game. Beal also is bringing down 6.5 rebounds a game while dishing out two assists a game.

Beal has already proven he can play in tough games in tough environments. He scored 17 points against Ohio State on the road. The 6'3" guard could be the piece coach Billy Donovan has been missing. With the help of Senior Erving Walker and Junior Kenny Boynton, look for Florida to make a very deep run come March.

Besides proving he is the best freshman in the SEC so far this year, Beal has put his name right up there for Player of the Year. Beal's energy is unstoppable and the more he plays the better he will be. My only hope is he stays a few more years with the Gators. 

On a side note, Coach Billy Donovan earned his 400th victory in his teams 96-70 dismantling of Stetson. Beal lead the team with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Florida will travel to Syracuse on Friday and host Arizona next Wednesday.

If Beal is meant to be the top freshman and Player in the SEC, his work in these big games will have to show it.