Posted: 1:10 p.m. Monday, April 8, 2013
By Andy Hutchins
Updated 1:12 p.m.: Florida's official men's basketball Twitter account has now confirmed that Young will return for his senior season.
Patric Young will return for his senior season. Story coming shortly.— Gator M-Basketball (@GatorZoneMBK) April 8, 2013
Original story follows.
Florida center Patric Young will pass up the 2013 NBA Draft and return to Florida for his senior season, CBS Sports' Jeff Goodman reports.
Florida's Patric Young will return for his senior season, sources told CBSSports.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanCBS) April 8, 2013
I've had fun with Goodman on Twitter over his antipathy for Kenny Boynton's shooting (though Boynton, prompted, wrote the immortal "Jeff Goodman a joke" tweet; I just turned it into a hashtag), but he's a rock-solid source when it comes to Florida basketball, owing in part to his personal closeness to forward Erik Murphy, which helped him tell the fullest story on Murphy last fall. So if Goodman's reporting Patric Young's coming back, then I believe Patric Young's coming back.
Young, for his part, is remaining mostly coy:
This is getting so annoying. Everyone has their 2cents of advice just keep that to yourself.— Patric Young (@BigPatYoung4) April 8, 2013
But it's been widely believed among Florida fans that Young would come back for his final year at Florida, and tweets about catching up on classwork...
Finally caught up in school!! 😭😭😭— Patric Young (@BigPatYoung4) April 4, 2013
...would be somewhat unusual from someone already in training for the NBA Draft, no?
Young would be one of just two returning starters for the Gators in 2013-14, joining Scottie Wilbekin, but he would have more help underneath than he has had as a starter to this point, with transfer Damontre Harris becoming eligible and freshman Chris Walker coming in. And Kasey Hill's arrival as the purest point guard on Florida's roster might help Young get more and better touches around the basket.
Young averaged 10.1 points per game and led the Gators with 6.3 rebounds per game in 2012-13, but was often criticized for his lack of development as a low post threat. With more help and a greater share of the responsibility on a team that is likely to look for him more often, Young could be poised to answer his critics in 2013-14.