I knew Otto Porter and Bradley Beal were pals from growing up in Missouri. I knew Beal tried to recruit Porter to his AAU team. I don’t think I realized they were once teammates at the Jordan Brand Classic.
Beal talked about their mutual history during a recent appearance on InsideSTL, where he was promoting his summer basketball camp. (As seen below, he also gave out autographed Wizards lunch boxes at the camp.)
“I knew about him in high school, because I tried to get him to play for my AAU team,” Beal said of Porter. “I asked him numerous times, and his dad wouldn’t let him. I think he just stuck to high school ball. And he played with me in the Jordan Brand Classic in North Carolina, a high school All-Star game. He participated in that, and he did very well. Nobody knew who he was but me. So he’s definitely a great player, and he really excelled at Georgetown and improved himself. I couldn’t be any happier with the pick.”
Beal also talked about the Wizards chances of making the playoffs earlier last week, before the team had taken Porter, on St. Louis’s 101ESPN.
“I think we’re right there,” he said. “That’s our goal. Our main goal is to make it to the playoffs, and we definitely have the caliber team to be able to do so, as long as everybody stays healthy. When we have everybody healthy, we can beat just about anybody. As long as we just continue to take care of our bodies and continue to put in the work in the offseason, and get off to a great start this year, I love our chances against anybody, of making a run to the playoffs.”
And his injury?
“It’s getting better,” he said. “I’ve been out for about 10, 11 weeks. I still have another week or two left in my rehab process. I’m still not even touching a basketball yet. I’ve been anxious and frustrated from not being able to work out or anything like that with the playoffs going on, but it’s a part of life. It’s an injury, and I have to take care of it.”