Mo.'s Beal named Gatorade prep player of the year -

Mo.'s Beal named Gatorade prep player of the year

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Prep star Bradley Beal of Chaminade High School in St. Louis is the Gatorade National Boys Basketball Player of the Year. 

It's just the latest honor for the 6-foot-4, 205-pound senior, who plans to play at Florida next year.  

Beal is the first player from Missouri to win the Gatorade award. Former NBA star Alonzo Mourning -- the 1988 winner -- surprised Beal with the trophy Monday in his global issues class at Chaminade.  

Beal averaged 32.4 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.8 assists this year in leading the Red Devils to the Missouri Class 5 quarterfinals. He also helped Chaminade win the championship in 2009.  

Beal is a 2011 McDonald's High School All-American, a first-team Parade Magazine All-American and a 2011 Jordan Brand Classic selection.  

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