Former Gators go unselected in NBA draft

Former Florida center Patric Young helped lead the Gators to a Final Four berth in his senior season and was considered the team's top NBA prospect entering the 2014 draft.

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Published: Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 11:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, June 27, 2014 at 12:19 a.m.

The NBA draft came and went with no former Florida Gators picked among the 60 selections on Thursday night.

The mild surprise was that senior center Patric Young wasn’t selected. Young had performed well at the NBA draft combine and was projected as early-to-mid second round pick in some draft websites.

Young, senior point guard Scottie Wilbekin and senior forward Casey Prather were all integral parts of a team that went 36-3, made it through the Southeastern Conference unbeaten and reached the Final Four for the fifth time in school history. All three will now try to latch on to NBA summer league teams in hopes of making teams as free agents.

It’s the first time since 2010 that no former Gators were taken in the NBA draft. Overall, there have been 35 former UF players drafted and 17 in 18 seasons under current head coach Billy Donovan.

There were two SEC players taken in the first round and six overall. The six players were Kentucky forward Julius Randle (7th, Los Angeles Lakers), Kentucky guard James Young (17th, Boston Celtics), Tennessee center Jarnell Stokes, LSU center Johnny O’Bryant, Missouri guard Jordan Clarkson and Tennessee guard Jordan McRae went in the second round.

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