High school honors Wizards guard Bradley Beal
Bradley Beal's jersey hanging in the Verizon Center rafters some day in the distant future would mean the Wizards made the right call drafting the shooting guard.
Turns out Beal won't have to wait 10, 15 or 20 years for such an honor.
The Missouri native's No. 23 jersey is being retired on Friday by his former high school. Fellow Chaminade College Prep alum and Golden State center David Lee previously had his jersey retired by the school.
Beal, a 2011 graduate, keyed Chaminade's 2009 Missouri state championship run. As a senior, he was named Gatorade's National Boys Basketball Player of The Year after averaging 32.4 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.7 steals per game.
Still crazy to think that over three seasons Beal played - and did so successfully - on the high school, college and pro level. Based on his first NBA campaign, the trajectory continues headed upward, perhaps one day all the way to the rafters.