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Patric Young

  • Position: Center
  • Height/Weight: 6-10 / 247
  • Birthdate: 02/01/1992
  • College: Florida
 
Prospect Analysis

Strengths

  • Excellent pick-and-roll defender
  • Intelligent
  • NBA body
  • 7-foot-1 wingspan
  • Durable
  • Great competitor
  • Good offensive rebounder

 

Weaknesses

  • Could be a better defensive rebounder
  • Free-throw shooting
  • Inconsistent offensive player

 

NBA projection: Young has been projected by some Draft analysts as a second-round pick.

 

2013-14 Season

Young’s senior season was memorable. He helped lead the Gators to the Final Four, won the NABC Pete Newell Big Man of the Year award, was chosen the SEC Defensive Player of the Year and also the SEC Scholar Athlete of the Year (the first person to win the award three times). He was chosen a Senior CLASS All-American and an Academic All-American.

 

Key statistics: 11.0 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 0.8 apg, 1.0 bpg, 1.2 tpg, 26.3 mpg, .541 FG, .596 FT

 

Cool statistic: Young never missed a game in his collegiate career, and he was the second player in Florida history to play in 150 games.

 

Reminds me of: Joel Anthony

 

What Insiders Say

Florida coach Billy Donovan

“I think the biggest thing with Patric, where I've seen growth, has been his consistency with his work habits, his attitude, and his resiliency to fight through when things don't go well for him. He's done a great job this year in that area, and he's really evolved into a much, much better leader because he's done it by example rather than by talking about it.”

 

What Outsiders Say

Kentucky coach John Calipari

"I said to [his players after showing them a video of a diving save Young made in a close game at Tennessee], what are you willing to do to win a game? I know what he's willing to do to win a game. I saw it. Now you look at it."

 

David Aldridge's Big Board 2014: Centers | Rank: No. 6
TNT Analyst David Aldridge breaks down the top prospects at each position
Florida's Patric Young certainly is chiseled at 6-foot-9 and 245 pounds. But that's a little undersized to play against grown men in the pros. Still, given his work ethic and the Florida pedigree, Young will likely get a look sometime in the second round. He could do worse than have a similar career arc to another former Gator and Billy Donovan student, Udonis Haslem. More>>

 

-- Profile by Chris Dortch, editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. Follow him @cdortch