Patric Young to return for senior season
by David Jones, USA TODAY Sports
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Projected to go in the second round of the NBA draft by most experts, Florida’s Patric Young announced Monday that he will return for his senior season.
Many were critical of Young’s lack of development in his offensive game. The 6-foot-9 center was also less than a dominant rebounding force during the NCAA Tournament. The Gators were eliminated for the third straight year in the Elite Eight, this time by Michigan.
Young told the school’s website in making the official announcement that he had a chance to finish his degree and play one more season “at a place I love.”
The Jacksonville native has played in 111 games at UF. He has averaged 10.2 points and 6.4 rebounds per game in his two years as a starter.
Guard Scottie Wilbekin and forwards Casey Prather and Will Yeguete will also be seniors next season. Yeguete has already said he has no intentions of leaving early, with a chance to play pro ball in Europe if he wanted.
“We’re excited that Patric will continue with us for his senior season,” Gators coach Billy Donovan said in a statement. “This was Patric’s decision to make and he ultimately had to do what he felt was best for himself and his future.”
David Jones also writes for Florida Today