Macklin, Tyus heading to Portsmouth, Parsons sitting out


All three of Florida’s seniors were invited to the Portsmouth (Va.) Invitational, a tournament for seniors bound for the NBA draft.

But while center Vernon Macklin and power forward Alex Tyus will play in front of NBA scouts this week, small forward Chandler Parsons has elected to decline his invitation.

Parsons’ father, Gary Parsons, said that his son was advised not to attend the event.

“Some agents told us that it may be a good idea for him to sit it out,” Gary Parsons said. “Coach (Billy) Donovan also advised us not to go. It’s more for late second picks or players looking to improve their draft stock.”

The 6-foot-10 Parsons earned SEC player of the year honors, averaging 11.3 points per game, while finishing third in the league in rebounding (7.8 rpg) and fifth in assists (3.8 apg).

For Macklin, the Portsmouth Event will serve as a homecoming. Macklin was born and raised in Portsmouth, Va., and often refers to the area code (“The 757”) in his tweets. The 6-10 Macklin scored a career-high 25 points in his final collegiate game, a 74-71 overtime loss to Butler.

Tyus was invited to event last Friday after averaging 13.7 points and 13.3 rebounds in his final three NCAA Tournament games.

The Portsmouth Tournament will begin Wednesday night with games through Saturday. For more information, visit


  1. How about some idea when these guys might get drafted?? Your implying that Parsons is a late first round early second round pick??? I think hes got a long way to go from playing consistent minutes in the NBA, where a guy drafted in that area should be that.

  2. I love Chandler, but he needs to tell his pops to keep the details to himself. Good to know he is still listening to Coach D. I think Chandler is going to go earlier than most expect, especially since some juniors are staying in school because of the possibility of a NBA shut down next year. As for Bud da Gator, yeah, they’ll be pumping gas…into the brand new cars they bought with their signing bonuses.

  3. Right on, Pam! Makes me wonder if his name is “Bud da Gator” or Butt-hole Gator? His egregious comment denigrate the efforts these young men have expended over the past four + years. Worst case scenario, they’ll be playing with Calathes in Greece, or one of the other European leagues.

  4. i think the bottom line for all 3 of these guys, is going to be how hard to they work to put themselves in the NBA…it’s just like the NFL and MLB…yes you can have all the talent in the world, but if you don’t take it as a job and work your butt off you will either fail on getting there, be a bust, or won’t last to long in the league…Macklin could be the better fit then the 3 cuz of his size, but he needs to beomce more physical….if he can show that i could see him being drafted or signed by a team like the Heat.