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Florida considering redshirting freshman F Cody Larson

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With experience and depth in the frontcourt, Florida is considering redshirting freshman forward Cody Larson, coach Billy Donovan said Monday.

The No. 9 Gators returned five starters this season, including forward Alex Tyus and center Vernon Macklin. Behind those seniors are sophomore Erik Murphy and freshmen Patric Young and Will Yeguete.

Donovan said he would leave the choice up to Larson, but for now he’s not playing the South Dakota native to leave that option open.

“I think anytime you redshirt somebody, if it works out that way, what you’re saying to him is that you’re going to be a very, very good player in this program and we’re willing to invest another year in you,” Donovan said. “And I think he’s going to be terrific. I think he’s on a team with some depth and some numbers and some experience ahead of him right now.”

Larson, rated a four-star recruit by and a three-star recruit by, averaged 19.8 points, 7.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.0 blocks as a senior at Roosevelt High.

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Donovan Pleased With Effort, Still Plenty Of Work Ahead Before Ohio State

If one play could sum up the season opener for the UF men's basketball team, it would be Gators freshman Patric Young flying through the air and catapulting over the back of UNC-Wilmington's Ahmad Grant.

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Gators looking forward to start of season tonight vs. UNC-Wilmington

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Florida freshman Patric Young. (Photo by Gary W. Green, Orlando Sentinel)

Tipoff for tonight’s men’s basketball season opener vs. UNC-Wilmington is only a few hours away, and for the Gators, that might be too long. Antsy for the first game since practice started a few weeks ago, the players spoke earlier this week about finally playing games.

“It’s been all competition. We’re kind of getting tired of playing against each other,” said freshman forward Patric Young. “We’re just beating each other up. We’re ready to beat on somebody else.”

They enter this first one and this season with high expectations. Ranked No. 9 in the preseason AP poll and No. 11 by the coaches, the Gators should be able to compete for an SEC title. Some NCAA tournament success, which none of these players have had here, is on the table as well.

So, as tipoff nears, here’s a look at the story lines around the Gators and tonight’s game:

1. Shooting a priority for UF men’s hoops in opener, Kevin Brockway, The Gainesville Sun

2. Depth should help UF guards, David Jones, Florida Today

3. Gators focus on meeting rising expectations on the court, Michael DiRocco, The Florida Times-Union

4. Florida returns experience but must manage expectations, Anthony Chiang, Orlando Sentinel

5. Can one good season change perceptions of Tomko?, Brian Mull, Wilmington (N.C.) StarNews

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Patric Young’s Physical Presence A Welcome Addition For Gators

On a recent trip to the Ale House to grab some dinner, Gators freshman center Patric Young put away 50 chicken wings. "I wasn't that full,'' said Young, officially listed at 6-foot-9, 245 pounds. "I could have gone a little more.''

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