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More Good News For UF: Young To Return

Yesterday Kenny Boynton made his plans to stick around for his senior year official.  Today center Patric Young’s mother, Bennita Young, says her son will be returning to Florida’s basketball team next season, too:

“I don’t think there was ever a decision to be made.  We haven’t talked about Patric leaving as a family and we’re very close.  He enjoys college.  His dad and I both finished college.  Now, will he stay four years?  I don’t know that.”

Young will be a junior in 2012-13. 

With Young, Boynton and Erik Murphy returning, the Gators will feature at least three of the starters from this past season’s Elite Eight team.

Erving Walker has graduated and freshman star Bradley Beal — expected to be a top NBA draft pick — is likely to announce he’ll leave school after just one season.

Still, Billy Donovan won’t have to go through the almost total rebuild that John Calipari will likely face at Kentucky.  (Though total rebuilds don’t look as tough today as they once did.)

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Florida Basketball Looking Toward 2012

The Florida basketball team appears to be set with its two signees for the 2011 class.

The Gators have signed guard Bradley Beal and big man Walter Pitchford, and that could be it for Florida this year.

Florida had shown interest in post player Joseph Uchebo, but he doesn’t appear to be considering Florida.

That could mean that Florida is content on saving its scholarships and trying to make a big run with the 2012 class. For more, click the link above. Kevin Brockway of the Gainesville Sun has plenty of information.

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Five-star guard Bradley Beal signs LOI with Florida

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G Bradley Beal (right) signed his LOI to play for Florida on Wednesday. (Orlando Sentinel photo)

Florida got one commitment from the class of 2011, and the Gators got that lone Letter of Intent on Wednesday on the first day of the early signing period.

Five-star guard Bradley Beal from St. Louis, Mo. signed his LOI, giving the Gators the second-ranked shooting guard prospect in that class.

“Clearly, I feel like we signed one of the best guards in the country,” said coach Billy Donovan. “We’re extremely excited about adding Brad, we believe he’s a special player and a winner, and excited that he’s going to be a part of our program.”

Beal, a 6-foot-3, 180-pound guard from Chaminade College Prep School, was the Gatorade Player of the Year in Missouri last season after averaging 29.0 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game.

Beal is rated a five-star prospect by, and

Beal earned MVP honors for the United States in the inaugural U17 FIBA World Championship this summer. He averaged 18.3 points per game and shot 47.7 percent on 3-pointers to lead the USA to a gold medal.

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