Is Brea Beal related to Bradley Beal? What to know about South Carolina basketball star


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Is South Carolina’s Brea Beal related to Bradley Beal? 

It’s a question even the NBA star had when Brea began to emerge on the national basketball scene. 

Bradley Beal first pointed out a potential relation in July 2018 when Courtside Films shared a tweet of the then-five-star recruit and her highlights from EYBL Indy with Midwest Elite.

As it turns out, though, the Gamecocks and Wizards guards share nothing more than a last name and a love for basketball.

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Here’s everything you need to know about South Carolina’s senior standout:

Who is Brea Beal?

Brea Beal, 22, is from Rock Island, Ill., where she was born as the oldest of four children to Kevin Beal and Nicole Adamson. She has three younger brothers: Baker, Bakari and Baryn.

She grew up training for basketball under the guidance of her father, who played for UTEP in the late 1990s. She was thrice crowned Illinois Miss Basketball and was a 2019 McDonald’s All-American. She was a five-star recruit and the No. 10 player in the 2019 class. She received her first college basketball scholarship offer in sixth grade from Iowa.

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The 6-1 guard is a senior at South Carolina, majoring in retailing with fashion merchandising and digital innovations concentrations. She is also a part of the starting five for Dawn Staley’s Gamecocks.

Beal is a three-time SEC Academic Honor Roll recipient and her name appears several times in the school’s record book:

  • Most games played in a season (37, 2021-22)
  • Most games started by a freshman (33, 2019-20)
  • Most games started by a junior (37, 2021-22)
  • Most games played by a junior (37, 2021-22)

Brea Beal stats

2019-20 33 .416 .289 .557 6.1 5.4 1.0 0.8 0.8
2020-21 31 .426 .300 .574 7.1 5.3 1.1 0.8 0.9
2021-22 37 .381 .238 .596 5.1 5.0 1.3 0.5 0.7
2022-23 35 .427 .387 .610 6.3 4.3 2.7 1.1 0.6
Career 135 .413 .314 .579 6.1 5.0 1.5 0.8 0.8

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