Young strong in Latvia

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Patric Young put together an impressive showing for Team USA at the FIBA Under-19 World Championships in Latvia.

The Florida rising sophomore big man finished second on the team in rebounding (6.8 rpg) and fourth in scoring (9.7).

Yet judging from his tweets, Young didn’t come away satisfied from his trip overseas.

Young was particularly distraught after Team USA suffered a quarterfinal upset loss to Russia. Team USA won its final two games to finish fifth, but came short of its goal of getting a medal.

After the Russia loss, while other U.S. players were reportedly getting phone numbers from girls in the stands, Young tweeted: “Complacency is the worse type of team killer. Once that sets its roots there is almost no coming back.”

The 6-foot-9, 255-pound Young will now try to bring that intensity and passion stateside with the Gators. He’ll have an expanded role with the departure of UF’s all-senior frontcourt of Vernon Macklin, Alex Tyus and Chandler Parsons. Foul trouble and field goal percentage were issues for Young in his freshman campaign, but he proved last season he was SEC ready on the defensive end of the floor.

Young will need to score more for the Gators next season. Judging from the powerful dunks over international players overseas, Young appears ready to make a leap offensively. More minutes should result in more offensive production.

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  1. Interestin recaps of the tourney by several writers, all noting that one weakness of the U19 team was at point guard, with poor defense and lot’s of turnovers. Just the areas that Scotty Wilbekin would have been an asset in had they kept him on the squad. In any event, a great experience for Young. Agree with above posters in liking his attitude and approach. Looking forward to this season of Gator BBall.

  2. Just wondering, Gainesville Sun/Gatorsports, why in the world you would want a youtube link to take the reader off site rather than opening another tab. There has to be a better way…

    Patrick is beefing up and beefing up his game. I like it.

  3. Youngs a beast and showed flashes of dominating ability offensively which just needs to be converted into a consistant offensive threat. I’m just not sure what else we have in terms of big men (obviously our backcourt is LOADED, Beal is gonna be an absolute Star for the one year he’ll be a Gator). Murphy is just so soft, has poor hands and is more of an outside threat. But without an inside-outside offensive scheme (Donovan’s forte), I worry. Who else can step up down low to replace Macklin, Parson’s and Tyus (underated). Still, outside of Vanderbilt, we should top the SEC.

  4. I agree that Young will be a stud on the boards and defensively. Not sold on his offense though. Both Rosario and Beal are big time additions but it’s what’s up front that counts. With all those perimeter shooters will one b-ball be enough. Big problem is PF.