Gators' Parsons readies for Senior Night: 'It means everything'
Published: Monday, February 28, 2011 at 4:38 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, February 28, 2011 at 4:38 p.m.
Senior forward Chandler Parsons has matured both physically and mentally in his four years on Florida's campus.
The 6-foot-10 Parsons has emerged to become one of the most versatile players in college basketball, playing all five positions during his UF career. On Tuesday night, Parsons will play his final game O'Connell Center against Alabama with a Southeastern Conference title on the line.
"It means everything," Parsons said. "I've had a lot of ups and downs, a lot of good games at the O-Dome, a lot of bad games at the O-Dome. But it would really be special if I could end it with a bang."
Parsons made a big step in his career between his sophomore and his junior season and has carried over that leadership into his senior year. Averaging 11.1 points per game, Parsons also leads the Gators in rebounding (7.7 rpg) and assists (3.6 apg).
"I think I've had a good career here," Parsons said. "I think I've played as hard as I can every single game. I tried to help my team any way I can win as many games as possible. Tried to be a good teammate, easy to coach. And I think I've put myself in a good position for my future in the next level."
Florida coach Billy Donovan said he's never questioned Parsons' effort. Instead, Donovan said, Parsons needed to change his approach to learning what went into winning basketball games. The light went on for Parsons as a junior, and he's embraced a leadership role on the team since.
Parsons is on track this May to graduate with a degree in telecommunications. His parents, Gary and Terri Parsons, will be with him on the court during Tuesday night's pregame ceremonies.
"I'm sure my mom will be in tears," Parsons said.
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