Long, physical guard with court savvy and ability to distribute the basketball... Set a new Commodore record for assists by a sophomore in 2007-08 with 158, and increased his scoring average to 12.5 points per game in his junior season. Drastically improved his three-point shooting in 2008-09 and made 40.3% of his shots from beyond the arc (58-144).
Started in all 31 games in his junior season...averaged 12.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 3.2 assists per game...shot 40.3% from three, 90 percentage points better than his sophomore season 3-point field goal percentage (.313)... Ended the season ranked in the SEC in six different categories - scoring (21st, 12.7), assists (10th, 3.1), free throw percentage (.823), 3-point field goals made (12th, 1.9), assist-to-turnover ratio (2nd, 2.0), and minutes played (33.1)...Tallied double figures in 2 of 31 games...Had four 20+ point performances, including a career-high 27 point-game at home against South Carolina on Feb. 28...Made season-high seven field goals on six different occasions...Was 10-for-10 from the charity stripe against Kentucky (2/17) ... Named to the Cancun Challenge All-Tournament Team after averaging 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game in final two games... Scored a then career-high 20 points on 7-12 shooting in win over USF (12/16)... Scored a team-high 18 pts in loss to Kentucky (1/10)... Tallied 13 points on 5-of-10 shooting in 39 minutes vs. USC (1/28)... Scored a then career-high 21 points, on 7-of-10 shooting in win over Auburn. All seven of Beal's FG were three-pointers, marking a career high...Logged all 40 minutes vs. Alabama (2/5), and scored 20 points, his second straight 20+ point game - first player since 1998 (Drew Maddox) to play in all 40 minutes of a regulation game...Also dished out season and career-high eight assists vs. the Crimson Tide...Dished out six assists vs. Ole Miss (2/7)... Scored 17 points, including a career best 10-of-10 from the free throw line in win over UK (2/17)... Registered 11 points, two rebounds and two steals in loss at Georgia (2/25)... Notched a career high 27 points on 7-of-14 shooting, including 5-of-9 from downtown in 35 minutes vs. South Carolina... Pulled down a season-high seven rebounds in win over USC (2/28)... Posted 17-point effort on 7-of-13 shooting in win at LSU (3/4)... Scored in double figures for the 21st time in 2008-09 with 11 points vs. Arkansas (3/8).
Averaged 9.0 points and three assists in five games during a mission trip to China.
Played in all 34 games and started in 33 of them...Had 158 assists for the season, the most ever by a Vanderbilt sophomore...Was first in the SEC with a 3.1 assist-to-turnover ratio, and placed third nationally...Tallied a then career-high six assists in win over Austin Peay (11/10)...Named to the South Padre Invitational All-Tournament team for his play vs. Utah State and Bradley; he averaged 13.5 points and 5.0 assists per game, and committed only one turnover in the two games...Made 9-of-9 free throws vs. Bradley (11/24), and for the tournament was 13-for-13...Dished out five or more assists in four consecutive games from November 29 through December 8...Scored career high 19 points in win over UMass...Tied career high with nine assists against LSU...Hit game winning jumper with less than a second remaining against South Carolina (2/9) and ended the game with four points and five assists in the 66-65 win...Scored 17 points and shot 7-of-9 from the free throw line in Vanderbilt's win over No. 1 Tennessee (2/26)...Dished out seven assists in SEC Tournament win over Auburn (3/13).
Averaged 13.8 points and five assists in five games during a mission trip to Argentina sponsored by SCORE International.
Played in all 34 games with two starts, averaging 16.8 minutes ... Finished among the SEC's freshmen leaders in steals (fourth with 1.06 per game), free throw shooting (fifth at 80.0 percent) and assists (sixth with 1.79) ... Netted a career-high 15 points on 4-of-6 field goals and 5-of-6 free throws against Nicholls State (12/16) ... Hit driving layup and free throw with 4.4 seconds remaining to help give Vanderbilt a 98-93 overtime victory against Toledo (12/2). Ended the contest with 13 points, four rebounds and four assists ... Scored his SEC-high with nine points at Auburn (1/6) ... Started the first two games of the season.
DeSoto High School:
Became the school's all-time leading scorer, averaging 21.5 points, six assists and five rebounds as a senior for the Eagles ... Two-time All-State selection ... Named most valuable player in helping DeSoto High School claim the District 7-5A championship ... Chosen First Team All-Area by the Dallas Morning News ... Listed a four-star (out of five) athlete by Rivals.com ... Ranked 19th among the best point guards nationally and one of the top 100 high school players in the nation following his senior year ... Helped the Eagles to a 5-A state title as a freshman and a state runner-up finish as a junior ... Named District 7-5A Sophomore of the Year ... Named First Team All-Academic in District 7-5A.
Jermaine Darnell Beal ... Born Nov. 4, 1987 in Dallas, Texas ... Son of James and Rubye Beal ... Has an older brother, James Beal Jr. ... Nickname is "Dolla Beal" ... Majoring in human and organizational development ... Advice to youngsters: "Work hard, have fun and enjoy life" ... Chose Vanderbilt over Baylor, Oklahoma, Texas and SMU.