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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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Gators need point guard Erving Walker to run the floor, protect the ball

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Florida point guard Erving Walker scored 15 points but had seven turnovers in the Gators' loss to No. 4 Ohio State on Tuesday. (Photo by Stephen M. Dowell, Orlando Sentinel)

Coming into their matchup with No. 4 Ohio State, the Gators expected the Buckeyes’ size to be their main problem. Jared Sullinger and Dallas Lauderdale were supposed to be the difference makers, or at least the test to see if Florida’s bigs could hang with them.

But Ohio State coach Thad Matta went with a smaller lineup for much of  the game, using David Lighty at the power forward position and sitting Lauderdale most of the evening.

Size-wise, Florida held its own against Ohio State. It was at guard that the No. 9 Gators (1-1, 0-0 SEC) got outplayed.

Point guard Erving Walker had 15 points, but he finished with a game-high seven turnovers in a game where Ohio State was not pressing. For some perspective, Ohio State finished with eight turnovers as a team.

For coach Billy Donovan, running the floor and getting players into position was more important than the turnovers.

“We give up six points on underneath out-of-bounds plays, and as a point guard, you’ve got to get our team matched up,” Donovan said on Wednesday. “I’m at the other end of the floor. You’ve got to take control.”

Starting at the point guard last season, Walker had the growing pains that Donovan expected. But this season, Donovan said Walker has to develop a better awareness of what’s going on in the game.

Against the Buckeyes, Florida trailed by three with 10 minutes remaining before Ohio State outscored the Gators 30-15 in the final 10 minutes. Walker had five turnovers in that span, and Ohio State continually broke the press for easy baskets.

“We’re at the 11-minute mark and it’s a three-point game, and we go from the 11-minute mark to the end of the game with no post touches, and him trying to do too much,” Donovan said. “I applaud his competitiveness and wanting to win and his fire, but he’s not going to be able to do it by himself at 5-6. He needs to get control there and get the ball. “

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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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