Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal, who played for Billy Donovan at Florida, thinks that his former college coach will make the jump to the NBA. Beal appeared on the Dan Patrick Show on Friday, and he was asked what kind of pro coach Donovan would make.
“I think he’d be great,” Beal responded. “I agree with the rumors, I think he’ll definitely leave. I think he won’t pass that opportunity up too many times, and I think he’ll be a tremendous coach. He loves playing in pick-and-rolls, he loves to space the floor and he gives his players freedom, so I think he’ll definitely, he’ll excel well in the league.
“He wants his players to continue to get better and better each and every day,” Beal added. “If there’s one thing he will do, he will push you to be the best that you can possibly be. So I think in terms of his coach-player relationship, I think it’ll be terrific.”
Donovan is under contract until 2020 at Florida and recently got a raise, but he’s already been mentioned as a coaching candidate for the Orlando Magic, Oklahoma City Thunder and Denver Nuggets. You might recall that he signed a contract to coach the Magic in 2007, but backed out of the deal and returned to Gainesville. Perhaps he is ready now.