GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida guard Bradley Beal is turning pro, leaving the Gators after one season.

Beal announced his intentions Friday, declaring for the NBA draft after telling coach Billy Donovan.

The 6-foot-4 Beal is expected to be a lottery pick in the June 28 draft, predicted to go in the top five. Donovan calls the 18-year-old Beal "as mature a kid at this age as I've ever been around."

Beal says his dream is "sitting right here in front of me" and that he's "ready to realize this dream."

Beal averaged 14.8 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.2 assists as a freshman and made the first-team All-Southeastern Conference team.

He is the second player to leave Florida for the NBA after one season during Donovan's 16 years, joining Donnell Harvey (2000).

UConn's Drummond declares for NBA
STORRS, Conn. -- Connecticut center Andre Drummond has declared for the NBA draft after a single season of college basketball.

The 18-year-old freshman averaged 10 points for the Huskies this season while leading the team in rebounding at 7.6 per game.

Drummond said in a statement released Friday by UConn that he feels it is the right time to take the next step in his career.

UConn coach Jim Calhoun said Drummond has unlimited potential and has to take advantage of his opportunity.

The announcement comes days after UConn's leading scorer, Jeremy Lamb, announced that he too will be leaving for the NBA.

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