Profile: Patric Young
Published: Monday, November 4, 2013 at 7:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, November 3, 2013 at 9:06 p.m.
PATRIC YOUNG • C • SENIOR
Florida center Patric Young is hoping a lighter frame will lead to a more productive senior season.
Weight: 242 pounds
Will the Miami Heat Three-Peat?: No
Favorite Song: I don't have one.
At the prodding of UF strength coach Preston Greene, Young dropped about 10 pounds over the summer.
“He was really adamant on me losing some weight, wanted me to help alleviate some knee pain, bumps and bruises, being able to jump higher, move quicker, stay on the court a longer period of time,” Young said. “The first three games of the season I may have to play 38 minutes because we're down to seven guys due to injuries.”
Young, who played at 255 pounds during some stretches last season, is now down to 242 pounds. He cut bread out of his diet in an effort to lose some extra weight. During his junior season, Young was bothered by tendinitis issues in his knees and underwent surgery during the offseason to remove bone spurs in his ankle.
“I'm jumping higher, I'm moving quicker,” Young said. “I feel like I'm in the best shape I've been in in a long time.”
A two-time SEC Scholar Athlete of the Year who often visits sick children in Gainesville hospitals, Young has served as a stellar role model for the Florida program. But on the court, Young failed to progress offensively from his sophomore to junior seasons. Young averaged 10.1 points and 6.3 rebounds as a junior, down from 10.2 points and 6.4 rebounds during his sophomore season.
Florida coach Billy Donovan said he thinks Young is capable of rebounding better and playing with more energy in transition for longer stretches. It remains to be seen if losing the excess weight will help.
Young hasn't set any scoring and rebounding goals for his senior season.
“I just really want to play free in that sense, free of expectation, free of pressure, free of people telling me this or that,” Young said. “Just going out there and being the best I can be by doing what I can do best.”