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Florida’s Patric Young Has Message For Kentucky Freshmen

Patric YoungThe college basketball season has yet to start but many people are already anointing Kentucky the champion. On Wednesday, SEC media picked UK as the SEC champion and freshman Julius Randle the player of the year.  One day later, college coaches across the country weighed in, ranking Kentucky No. 1 in the USA Today top 25 poll.

Florida center Patric Young is having none of it. He delivered his message Thursday at SEC Media Days.


“I hope they think they can just walk on the court and they’re going to beat everybody. I hope that’s what they think. As soon as they play a real top team, they’re going to see it’s not just a walk in the park. One-and-done is not for everybody.” 


The Kentucky team includes six freshmen who were McDonald’s All-Americans.  As for Young’s Florida Gators, they were ranked No. 8 in the coaches poll and have seven players returning from a 29-8 team.

Florida travels to Lexington on February 15th and Kentucky plays in Gainesville on March 8th.  Mark your calendars – those should be two of the more entertaining games on the SEC schedule this season.

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Basketball Media Days: Florida’s Patric Young

Florida center Patric Young answers questions at SEC Basketball Media Days in Hoover, Alabama.

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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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Players Caldwell-Pope, Noel And Coach Billy Donovan Top SEC Award Winners

honorsGeorgia’s Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is the SEC Player of the Year. The league announced its postseason award winners today with Caldwell-Pope becoming the first Georgia player to receive the award.   The sophomore was asked today if he’s headed to the NBA: “We’ve got the SEC tournament to worry about. I’ve just got that on my mind right now.” He did indicate he’ll make a decision on possible early entry after the season is over.

Kentucky’s Nerlens Noel was voted the SEC Freshman of the Year, and along with Alabama’s Trevor Releford, one of only two players to be named First Team All-SEC and be named to the SEC all-defensive team.

Florida’s Billy Donovan was recognized as the SEC coach of the year, the second time he’s won the award. The conference-champion Gators placed four players on the first or second All-SEC squads, the most of any team in the conference.

Eight different schools are represented on the First Team All-SEC squad.

Florida’s Patric Young won the SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year while Kentucky’s Kyle Wiltjer was voted the league’s Sixth Man of the Year, a move that didn’t sit well with everyone.

Here’s the complete list of postseason award winners. Twelve of the 14 teams were represented – only Auburn and Vanderbilt were completely shut out.

First Team All-SEC                                                                          
Trevor Releford, Alabama – G, 6-1, 195, Jr., Kansas City, Mo.
Erik Murphy, Florida – F/C, 6-10, 238, Sr., South Kingstown, R.I.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Georgia – G, 6-5, 205, So., Greenville, Ga.
Nerlens Noel, Kentucky – F, 6-10, 228, Fr., Everett, Mass.
Johnny O’Bryant III, LSU – F, 6-9, 256, So., Cleveland, Miss.
Phil Pressey, Missouri – G, 5-11, 175, Jr., Dallas, Texas
Jordan McRae, Tennessee – G, 6-5, 178, Jr., Midway, Ga.
Elston Turner, Texas A&M – G, 6-5, 209, Sr., Sacramento, Calif

Second Team All-SEC                                                                  
Marshawn Powell, Arkansas – F, 6-7, 240, Jr., Newport News, Va.
BJ Young, Arkansas – G, 6-3, 180, So, St. Louis, Mo.
Kenny Boynton, Florida – G, 6-2, 190, Sr., Pompano Beach, Fla.
Mike Rosario, Florida – G, 6-3, 183, Sr., Jersey City, N.J.
Patric Young, Florida – C, 6-9, 249, Jr., Jacksonville, Fla.
Marshall Henderson, Ole Miss – G, 6-2, 175, Jr., Hurst, Texas
Murphy Holloway, Ole Miss – F, 6-7, 240, Sr., Irmo, S.C.
Laurence Bowers, Missouri – F, 6-8, 227, Sr., Memphis, Tenn.
Jarnell Stokes, Tennessee – F, 6-8, 270, So., Memphis, Tenn.

SEC All-Freshman Team                                                            
Michael Frazier II, Florida – G, 6-4, 200, Fr., Tampa, Fla.
Charles Mann, Georgia – G, 6-4, 205, Fr., Alpharetta, Ga.
Willie Cauley-Stein, Kentucky – F, 7-0, 244, Fr., Olathe, Kan.
Archie Goodwin, Kentucky – G, 6-4.5, 198, Fr., Little Rock, Ark.
Nerlens Noel, Kentucky – F, 6-10, 228, Fr., Everett, Mass.
Alex Poythress, Kentucky – F, 6-7, 239, Fr., Clarksville, Tenn.
Craig Sword, Mississippi State – G, 6-3, 189, Fr., Montgomery, Ala.
Gavin Ware, Mississippi State – F, 6-9, 270, Fr., Starkville, Miss.
Michael Carrera, South Carolina – F, 6-5, 212, Fr., Anzoátegui, Venezuela

SEC All-Defensive Team                                                               
Trevor Releford, Alabama – G, 6-1, 185, Jr., Kansas City, Mo.
Scottie Wilbekin, Florida – G, 6-2, 176, Jr., Gainesville, Fla.
Patric Young, Florida – C, 6-9, 249, Jr., Jacksonville, Fla.
Nerlens Noel, Kentucky – F, 6-10, 228, Fr., Everett, Mass.
Anthony Hickey, LSU – G, 5-11, 178, So., Hopkinsville, Ky.
Reginald Buckner, Ole Miss – F, 6-9, 235, Sr., Memphis, Tenn.

SEC Coach of the Year: Billy Donovan, Florida
SEC Player of the Year: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Georgia
SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Patric Young, Florida
SEC Freshman of the Year: Nerlens Noel, Kentucky
SEC Sixth-Man of the Year: Kyle Wiltjer, Kentucky
SEC Defensive Player of the Year: Nerlens Noel, Kentucky

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SEC Headlines 11/3/2012

1.. No maroon today in Starkville. Mississippi State in white- Texas A&M in black.

2. The 2007 Alabama-LSU game - Nick Saban’s first time on the Crimson Tide sideline.

3. What’s the pre-game atmosphere like at Kentucky today?

4. Where college football’s most zealous fans gather - online message boards.

5. Florida center Patric Young looks to lead the Gators basketball team.

6. Vanderbilt reserves lead the way in exhibition victory.

7. Five players in double-digits in Arkansas exhibition win Friday night.

8. Georgia basketball had an exhibition game Friday night – a few impressions.

9. Kentucky coach John Calipari on this year’s rotation: “We’ve got seven guys, maybe eight, that are going to play.”

10. Mizzou’s second exhibition game this afternoon- Michal Dixon still suspended.

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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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SEC Headlines – 1/25/12

1.  Florida center Patric Young will probably be in the starting line-up against Ole Miss tomorrow.

2.  Georgia’s Mark Fox says Kentucky can simply “overpower you” on the defensive end.

3.  His players seemed to enjoy just being in a big-time matchup with America’s #1 team.

4.  The Wildcats continue to play unselfish basketball.

5.  South Carolina will try to record its first SEC win of the season when it hosts Alabama tonight.

6.  The Gamecock football team will have to develop a downfield passing attack next season.

7.  Tennessee is experiencing some serious ups and downs as it rebuilds under Cuonzo Martin.

8.  Vanderbilt gave UT its “most physical” game of the season and “a couple of guys got rattled.”

9.  The Commodores proved they could be tough when needed.

10.  And Kevin Stallings was pleased with his team’s defense.

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SEC Headlines – 6/20/11 Part One

1.  How dead is the college sports scene right now?  Well, everyone’s pumping out easy-to-do lists and the latest from The Gainesville Sun deals with the “top mascots in college football.”

2.  Florida’s Scottie Wilbekin was cut, but teammate Patric Young is still vying for a spot on Team USA’s U19 squad.

3.  The Cleveland Cavaliers have their eyes on ex-Kentucky Wildcats Brandon Knight and Enes Kanter.

4.  Did we say something about lists?  ESPN has posted its lists ranking the best defensive lines in the SEC…

5.  And the best defensive ends in the SEC.

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SEC Headlines – 5/13/11 Part One

1.  Florida hoopsters Patric Young and Bradley Beal will be heading to the USA Basketball Men’s Under-19 World Championship Team training camp.  (Or the USABMU19WCT training camp for short.)

2.  For those Georgia fans hoping Isaiah Crowell becomes this year’s Mike Dyer or Marcus Lattimore — a warning.  He won’t inherit a veteran O-line like those two backs did.

3.  Ex-Kentucky Wildcats Brandon Knight, DeAndre Liggins and Enes Kanter will all be taking part in a pre-draft NBA combine next week.

4.  Here’s a first — UK will actually have a good group of returnees under John Calipari next season.

5.  This writer says the NCAA shouldn’t try to rush college kids into making an NBA draft decisions.  (The writer is correct.)

6.  South Carolina signee Jadeveon Clowney had to leave a Gamecock booster event because he’s not yet enrolled in school.

7.  Carolina AD Eric Hyman is trying to make it clear that his wife was not at the mandatory meeting where Stephen Garcia got himself into trouble last month.

8.  Nick Saban, Lane Kiffin and Derek Dooley have all made public statements regarding the death of former Tennessee and Alabama football player Aaron Douglas.

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Continued Depth Will Be A Key As Gators Host Morehead State

The team that Florida men's basketball coach Billy Donovan envisions looks a lot like the one he used in Thursday's 50-point win over North Carolina A&T. Granted, true freshmen Scottie Wilbekin, Will Yeguete, Patric Young and Casey Prather probably won't combine for 41 points, 24 rebounds and 12 assists on a regular basis, but they must contribute something more than a couple of minutes off the bench for Florida to have the kind of season many expect.

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