Congratulations for St. Louisan Bradley Beal, who was selected to participate in his first NBA All-Star Game, which will be held on Sunday, Feb. 18 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
The former Chaminade College Prep All-American was chosen to play on Team LeBron by captain LeBron James. Beal is averaging a career-high 23.9 points a game in his sixth season for the Washington Wizards.
Beal is also averaging 4.4 rebounds and 3.8 assists while shooting 46 percent from the field, 37 percent from 3-point range and 78 percent from the free throw line while averaging 36 minutes a game. He has also enjoyed some very explosive scoring games during the season, including a 51-point outburst in a victory at Portland on Dec. 5. He also scored 41 points in a loss at Oklahoma City on Jan. 25.
Beal will also participate in the NBA’s 3-point shooting contest on Saturday, Feb. 17 during All-Star Weekend.
Jayson Tatum to play in Rising Stars Game
Bradley Beal will not be the only Chaminade alum to participate in the NBA All-Star Weekend activities. Rookie Jayson Tatum of the Boston Celtics will play in the Mountain Dew Kickstart Rising Stars Challenge on Friday night, Feb. 16.
The 6’9” Tatum will play for the United States team against an All-Star team of International players. The game features the top rookie, second and third-year players in the NBA.
Tatum is enjoying an impressive rookie season for the Celtics, who currently have the best record in the Eastern Conference. Through 51 games, Tatum is averaging 13.5 points and 5.5 rebounds while shooting 48 percent from the field, 44 percent from 3-point range and 81 percent from the free throw line. On Monday night, Tatum had 20 points, six rebounds and four assists in the Celtics’ 111-110 victory over the Denver Nuggets.
Area players shine at Southern Illinois
The Southern Illinois Salukis are currently 14-9 and tied for second place in the Missouri Valley Conference standings. The Salukis have always recruited well from the St. Louis metro area and this year’s team is no different as junior Armon Fletcher (Edwardsville) and sophomore Aaron Cook (Westminster Christian) have been big contributors to the success.
The 6’5” Fletcher is averaging a team-high 14.5 points a game. He is also grabbing 5.5 rebounds a game while shooting 51 percent from the field and 36 percent from 3-point range. The 6’1” Cook is averaging 10 points and three assists a game while shooting 47 percent from the field and 40 percent from 3-point range. He had a career-high 25 points in a victory over Indiana State last week.
More Football commitments
- All-State quarterback Tionne Harris of Vianney has committed to Quincy University. Harris led the Golden Griffins to the Class 5 state championship in the 2016-17 season.
- Defensive lineman Kameron Bowdry of SLUH has given a commitment to Tennessee-Martin.
- Running back/defensive back Nick Lotts of Lutheran North has committed to Northwest Oklahoma State.