The Wizards’ No. 3 overall selection in the June 28 NBA draft is part of a roster comprising 14 players, including forwards Jan Vesely and Chris Singleton and guard Shelvin Mack. Vesely (sixth overall) and Singleton (18th) were first-round picks in last year’s draft while Mack went in the second round (34th).
Also participating in minicamp will be guard Tomas Satoransky, the Wizards’ second-round pick (32nd overall) last week. Satoransky, 20, is not expected to be with the club this season, but the Wizards retain his rights as he develops in the top-level Spanish ACB.
Wizards minicamp comprises two sessions each day, one in the morning and other in the evening, except for Thursday, when the team will practice for two hours in the early afternoon. Players then will depart for Las Vegas to participate in the NBA summer league opening on Friday.
Before heading to Las Vegas, Beal will get his first formal work at Verizon Center since auditioning at the facility’s auxiliary gym on June 14. Beal put on a shooting display during his two-hour session in front of the club’s front office and coaching staff, and he said afterward he felt comfortable throughout the evaluation process.
Coach Randy Wittman revealed shortly after team President Ernie Grunfeld made the pick on June 28 that Beal tried to get the club’s decision-makers to promise they would draft him before he left the District.
Beal was the player the Wizards most coveted during the pre-draft process in large part because he fills a glaring need for a wing player who can make mid-range jumpers consistently and complement point guard John Wall on the fast break.
Wall was the No. 1 overall pick two years ago and the player around whom the Wizards are building their franchise.
Wall commended the Wizards for drafting Beal, and although the two do not know one another beyond playing together in camps and the AAU circuit, he called his newest teammate a smart player.
The Wizards, meantime, were relieved Beal was available at No. 3 following speculation the Cleveland Cavaliers were in negotiations with the Charlotte Bobcats to trade up to the second overall selection. But the deal never materialized, and after the New Orleans Hornets picked Anthony Davis No. 1 overall, the Bobcats chose Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.