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SI’s Davis Examines Some Of The NBA Draft’s Top 40 Prospects

Seth Davis of has posted a series of quickie breakdowns for some of the top 40 prospects in this year’s NBA draft.  He interviewed six NBA scouts for their opinions on the players and then posted the following about the ex-SEC’ers on the list:

Tobias Harris, Tennessee – “He should have gone back to school and lost some weight (223 pounds).  He can rebound it and push it like a point forward, but his shot is a little funny”

Scotty Hopson, Tennessee — “He worked out for us and was just OK.  His size, his length, his athleticism — it’s all good, but sometimes he floats like he doesn’t care.”

Enes Kanter, Kentucky — “He’s a big, strong kid and he knows who he is.  He’s a center and he’s going to bang you.  He just plays so hard.”  (Sidenote — Too bad we never got to see any of that at the college level.)

Brandon Knight, Kentucky — “He’ll be one of the top picks, for sure.”

Chandler Parsons, Florida — “He should really be a 4, but he wants to play the 3 so he’s kind of a tweener.  I watched Florida a bunch last year and I didn’t come away liking any of them.”

Trey Thompkins, Georgia — “We had him for a workout and, boy, is he soft.  He’d rather catch it at the elbow than get on the block.  When you’re his size, that’s not a good thing.”

Davis did not give reviews of Georgia’s Travis Leslie.

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SEC Headlines – 6/23/11 Part Two

1.  Former Florida quarterback Danny Wuerffel has posted an update on his recovery from Guillain Barre Syndrome… as well as a thanks to well-wishers.

2.  Chandler Parsons waits to learn which NBA team desires his versatility.

3.  Here’s a look at Tennessee’s 2011 football team… from a Florida perspective.

4.  Georgia’s new strength coach says the Dawgs’ football team is “training for football” under his watch.  Well, that makes sense.

5.  Over on our Recruiting Page, Josh Ward interviewed offensive line prospect Javarius Leamon of Woodruff, South Carolina. 

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Donovan Thinks His Ex-Gators Could Have A Good Draft Night

Florida’s Billy Donovan thinks tomorrow night might be a good night to be a Gator.  Asked about the prospects of Chandler Parsons, Vernon Maxwell and Alex Tyus, UF’s coach believes all three could be drafted into the NBA:

“My guess right now is (Parsons will go) somewhere late first round or early second round.  I think Alex and Vernon have got the potential to go somewhere in the second round — probably mid to late.”

Parsons has been climbing some draft boards actually jumping into the first round according to some prognosticators.  It would be a surprise if Maxwell or Tyus were selected.

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SEC Headlines – 3/14/11 Part Three

1.  The AP has announced its SEC honors and Billy Donovan, Chandler Parsons, and Terrence Jones won the same awards they picked up from the league’s coaches.

2.  Billy Donovan was not surprised his team grabbed a #2 seed.

3.  The Gators have a chance move back into the nation’s elite.

4.  Mark Fox says his team “jumped around like 7-year-olds that just won a Little League championship” when they learned they were in the NCAA tourney.

5.  Fox met his wife at Washington… the school his Dawgs will face in the first round.

6.  John Calipari doesn’t believe the selection committee was comfortable flipping Florida and Kentucky as #2 and #4 seeds.  (And they shouldn’t have as Florida won the SEC regular season title.)

7.  Kentucky wants to prove the committee’s seed was too low.

8.  Here are some reasons to believe (and to doubt) the Cats in the NCAAs.

9.  There are some formidable foes in UK’s bracket.

10.  South Carolina’s “one shining moment” came 40 years ago in another conference.

11.  Bruce Pearl will be looking for leadership and attention to detail when Tennessee faces Michigan on Friday.

12.  Point guard Melvin Goins says “the excitement and the mentality wasn’t the same” in some of UT’s late-season games as compared to their hot start.

13.  Pearl says it won’t take John Beilein long “to figure out what our strengths are, what our weaknesses are and how to go at them.”

14.  Kevin Stallings expects Richmond to be a Princeton-style tough out for Vanderbilt in the NCAAs.

15.  And as we mentioned above, VU’s John Jenkins once again lost out to Chandler Parsons for SEC Player of the Year honors.

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UF’s Parsons Questionable For Georgia Game

Florida is playing to win the SEC regular season title and earn — possibly — a #2 seed in the NCAA Tournament.  Georgia is trying to make a strong push at season’s end to improve its own bubble status.  But when the two teams meet on Thursday, it’s possible the teams won’t be at full strength.  The Gators could be without senior forward Chandler Parsons.

“I’m concerned about that right now,” Billy Donovan said of Parsons’ questionable health.  Parsons tried to work out on Friday, but this deep thigh bruise was swollen by Saturday.  He did not play yesterday in a UF win at Baton Rouge.

“We didn’t set him back,” Donovan said.  “I don’t think he’ll get set back.  They only thing that will set him back is if he’s hit right there in that spot again and they’ll pad him up so that even if he did get hit there, it certainly won’t be at the level it was when he got hit the first time (nine days ago).  I don’t know if he’ll play against Georgia.”

Due to the swelling in the leg, Florida isn’t allowing Parsons to workout or practice.  He is averaging nearly 11 points and 8 rebounds per game for the Gators.

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UF’s Parsons Out Indefinitely With Deep Bruise, Internal Bleeding

Florida forward Chandler Parsons — who was named the national player of the week for his work a week ago — will be out indefinitely with a deep thigh bruise that has caused “some internal bleeding.”

“I would say he’s out right now, for how long I don’t know,” Billy Donovan said today.  “I don’t envision him practicing at least until possibly Thursday or Friday maybe.  He’s got a deep, deep thigh bruise that’s actually started to bleed.  He’s got some bleeding inside his leg right now.  He’s on crutches.  And how well he responds over the next three or four days will determine whether or not he’ll play on Sunday.”

Parsons injured his leg when he collided with teammate Alex Tyus early in Saturday’s win over Tennessee.

On the bright side, the Gators do not have another game until Sunday’s matchup against LSU in Baton Rouge.

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SEC Headlines – 1/26/11 Part Two

1.  Erving Walker’s “miracle” 30-foot three-pointer made up for two key missed free throws in Florida’s 104-91 double-overtime win at Georgia last night.

2.  Chandler Parsons took over in the second overtime.

3.  The loss was Georgia’s second in a row to an East foe at home.

4.  Mark Fox said he was proud of his team’s effort last night, “but we’ve got to win the heartbreaker.” 

5.  This writer believes “the sting from this one will linger for a while” for the Dawgs.

6.  A healthy Trinton Sturdivant is looking forward to spring practice in Athens.

7.  The mayor of Lexington has called for a study to determine the feasibility of redesigning and renovating Rupp Arena.  (In other words, he’s not onboard with the idea of a new downtown arena just yet.)

8.  Here’s a by-the-numbers look at UK’s basketball players this season.

9.  Bruce Pearl says “Tennessee is going to regain its identity for its toughness and physicality.”

10.  Festus Ezeli is the SEC’s most improved player this season.  By far.

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Gators Leave Orlando Searching For Answers On Offense

Outside the Gators' locker room here Wednesday night at the sparkling new Amway Arena, a dejected Chandler Parsons fielded questions he never wanted to be asked.

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Forward Chandler Parsons to get big homecoming in UCF game

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Florida's Chandler Parsons returns to his hometown when the Gators play UCF in Orlando tonight. (Orlando Sentinel photo)

Florida plays UCF in the new Amway Center tonight, but it will feel like home for one Gator.

Orlando-native Chandler Parsons returns home to find his own impressive cheering section. The senior forward said his grandparents purchased at least 70 tickets, meaning many family and friends will be in attendance – aunts, uncles, cousins, brothers, high school coaches, teammates and teachers. Even his barber, who has cut Parsons hair since he was 13, is coming.

“I got a huge family. All of my family’s in Winter Park,” said Parsons, a Lake Howell graduate. “I got the whole city coming.”

Added to the excitement is playing in the Magic’s new arena. Parsons went to a preseason game this year, and his family has owned season tickets since the team’s creation in the late 1980s.

“It’s unreal,” he said of the new arena.

The game – which has the 16th-ranked Gators (5-1, 0-0 SEC) facing the unbeaten Knights (5-0, 0-0 Conference-USA) – also pits Parsons against friends. He said that he worked out with several of the players over the summer, and he knows Keith Clanton and Taylor Young from playing against each other in high school.

So with all the build-up for Parsons around this game, does he feel anymore pressure?

“I want to play well,” he said. “But I’m not going to force everything.”

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Four Gators named to coaches preseason All-SEC team

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Florida forward Chandler Parsons. (Gary W. Green, Orlando Sentinel)

Forward Chandler Parsons was one of four Gators to be picked to All-SEC preseason teams by the coaches. Parsons made the first team, while guards Kenny Boynton and Erving Walker and forward Alex Tyus made the second team.

Here’s a look at both teams:


Name, School Pos. Ht. Wt. Class Hometown
Dee Bost, Mississippi State G 6-2 176 Jr. Concord, N.C.
JaMychal Green, Alabama F 6-8 228 Jr. Montgomery, Ala.
Scotty Hopson, Tennessee G 6-7 200 Jr. Hopkinsville, Ky.
Travis Leslie, Georgia G 6-4 205 Jr. Decatur, Ga.
Chandler Parsons, Florida F 6-10 218 Sr. Casselberry, Fla.
Marshawn Powell, Arkansas F 6-7 220 So. Newport News, Va.
Jeffery Taylor, Vanderbilt F 6-7 225 Jr. Norkopping, Sweden
Trey Thompkins, Georgia F 6-10 245 Jr. Lithonia, Ga.
Chris Warren, Ole Miss G 5-10 168 Sr. Orlando, Fla.


Name, School Pos. Ht. Wt. Class Hometown
Kenny Boynton, Florida G 6-2 183 So. Pompano Beach, Fla.
Rotnei Clarke, Arkansas G 6-0 184 Jr. Verdigris, Okla.
John Jenkins, Vanderbilt G 6-4 215 So. Hendersonville, Tenn.
Ravern Johnson, Mississippi State G 6-7 175 Sr. Lyon, Miss.
Brandon Knight, Kentucky G 6-3 195 Fr. Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Darius Miller, Kentucky G 6-7 230 Jr. Maysville, Ky.
Alex Tyus, Florida F 6-8 220 Sr. St. Louis, Mo.
Erving Walker, Florida G 5-8 171 Jr. Brooklyn, N.Y.

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