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Wizards select Beal with No. 3 pick in NBA draft

Thursday - 6/28/2012, 8:04pm  ET

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FILE - In this Feb. 7, 2012 file photo, Florida's Bradley Beal (23) shoots under pressure from Kentucky's Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (14) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Lexington, Ky. Beal is a possible pick in the NBA Draft on Jan. 28. (AP Photo/James Crisp, File)

WASHINGTON - 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.

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