Posted: 1:59 a.m. Monday, April 1, 2013
By Jason Lieser
It is highly likely that Gators C Patric Young will return to the team for his senior season, but he is not ready to make that decision.
Following the Gators’ 79-59 loss to Michigan in the Elite Eight today, Young indicated he will take his time choosing between college and the pros for next season.
“I’m just gonna talk to my family and do whatever makes me happiest,” he said. “We’ll see from there.”
The NBA’s deadline for non-seniors to declare for the draft is April 28. The NCAA requires that players opt in for the upcoming season by April 16, but that deadline is basically meaningless because a player can still enter the draft until April 28 even if he already said he is coming back.
The DraftExpress.com, NBAdraft.net and CBS currently project Young as a second-round pick going between No. 32 and No. 54 overall.
“The guys that are here are going to work hard and get better,” Young said of the coming off-season. “Whatever I decide to do, here or NBA, I’m gonna work my butt off and make sure we can have another spectacular season.”
Academically, Young said he is on track to graduate from Florida in December after he finishes this semester and takes classes in the summer. It would be odd for him to have that planned out so well if he intended to turn pro.
He averaged 10.1 points and 6.3 rebounds per game this season while shooting 58.6 percent from the field. He led Florida with 58 blocked shots.
Young scored eight points and had seven rebounds in the loss to Michigan.