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Big Man Young To Return To Florida For Senior Season

NCAA Basketball: Vanderbilt at FloridaFlorida center Patric Young has decided to skip the NBA draft and return to Gainesville for his senior season next year.  The school posted the following quote from Young today, confirming his decision:


“I have the chance to finish my degree and play another season for Coach (Billy) Donovan with great teammates and friends at a place I love.  These first three years have gone by in a flash, and I can’t believe it is my senior year already.  I have gotten better as a player and better as a man at the University of Florida.  I believe God has my future in his hands, so all I am worried about now is getting better this summer and making it the hardest I have trained in my life.”


Young failed to live up to high expectations this past season, which left him on the bubble for the upcoming NBA draft.  The website lists him as pick #38 in its 2013 mock draft.  That would make Young the eighth player selected in the draft’s second round and second-rounders do not receive guaranteed contracts.

For Young, the return to school makes sense.  For Florida, the return of a veteran post-player should be welcome news.

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Florida’s Will Yeguete Could Be Back For Alabama Game

gfx - they said itSome good news for Florida basketball.  Coach Billy Donovan says forward Will Yeguete is making such a rapid recovery from arthroscopic surgery on his right knee, he could ready for Florida’s game against Alabama on March 2nd in Gainesville.


“Yeguete is doing some light running, which is a good sign. I think he’s ahead of schedule from where we first thought it was going to be.

“Potentially, if the doctors clear him, there’s probably an outside chance he can maybe play in the last three games of the [regular season]. There’s a possibility of that. I’m not saying it’s a guarantee. That will depend on how he responds. He’s moving quicker than I think the doctors thought.”


At 11-3 in the conference, the Gators are just one game ahead of the Crimson Tide.  Yeguete is the team’s second-leading rebounder. He underwent surgery on February 8th with an original estimate that he would miss four to six weeks.

The Alabama-Florida game will be televised by ESPN.

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