Young not thinking about draft yet
Published: Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 1:27 a.m.
As Florida junior Patric Young stood on a ladder Wednesday night, scissors in hand, ready to cut down the nets after the Gators clinched an outright SEC championship, the O'Connell Center crowd began to chant, “One more year!”
It may have been Senior Night for three players as No. 11 Florida defeated Vanderbilt 66-40, but at least one more Gator faces an NBA Draft decision in the near future.
Florida's 6-foot-9 center said he's not thinking about the NBA Draft yet with one more road game Saturday at Kentucky and the SEC and NCAA tournaments around the corner.
“(The fans) are thinking about it, but I'm not thinking about it too much,” Young said. “You know I love being here. There's no better program in America. I love playing for coach (Billy) Donovan. I'm going to do what's best for me and my family and whatever makes me happy, honestly.”
Young played a big part in Wednesday night's win, particularly in a first half that saw him make 5 of 6 shots for 10 points with three rebounds and two blocks. Young only played 10 minutes in the second half after picking up his third foul with 12:19 left in the game, but showed some range, making a midrange jumper from the baseline. He finished with 14 points on 6-of-7 shooting with four rebounds and three blocks.
Young was especially dominant during a 30-second stretch in the middle of the first half where he blocked a shot to force a shot-clock violation, then finished a high-flying alley-oop from senior Mike Rosario before racing down the court for another block.
Donovan was pleased with Young's play, but was disappointed that his teammates couldn't find him more often inside.
“One of the things I was upset about tonight was I thought we did a really poor job in high-low passing and feeding him the ball,” Donovan said. “He's got a guy on his back, and Will Yeguete threw it over his head three times. I mean he's got wide-open layups and dunks, and we didn't get it to him. … We must have thrown the ball away trying to get it into him six or seven times on poor execution on passes.”
Young had a scary moment late in the game when his knee collided with a Vanderbilt player's knee and he hobbled off the court in what he later described as “horrendous” pain.
Young shook it off and minutes later was jumping around with teammates under a sign proclaiming his team's SEC regular-season title.
“I wasn't jumping that high,” Young said with a laugh.