By Trevor Lowry @TheTrevorLowry on April 11, 2014
Unlike many players who ditch college after one year so they can be picked up by an NBA team in the first round, Patric Young stuck it out at Florida. For FOUR years. Young could have been picked in the lottery if he would have declared early, but he didn’t. His stock isn’t that high anymore, but he could still be drafted this summer.
Regardless, let’s take a look at five reasons why Florida’s big man will succeed at the next level.
Patric Young is a big boy. He stands at 6-foot-9 and weighs 240 pounds. Let me leave you with one word to describe him: Jacked. Young’s body is fully developed and if NBA teams picked players based on that alone, Young would go No. 1 overall.
Florida’s defense was praised all season long. Well, the big man in the post had a lot to do with that. Patric Young is a great defender. He can rebound the ball well and he is pretty good at blocking shots. He averaged 6.2 rebounds per game and 1.1 blocks per game this past season.
Let me explain. Patric Young was never given the opportunity to be the star at Florida. Still, he made the Gators that much better. I am sure many people are expecting him to be a role player in the NBA as well, but if given the chance, Young could surprise a lot of people.
He did average 11 points per game and shot 54.1 percent from the field this past season. Plus, he is very athletic and his offensive game has improved over the years.
Yes, Young played four seasons under head coach Billy Donovan, but he still has room for improvement. His offensive game does need some work, but Young is a very hard worker and could certainly get better in that department (offense).
If anyone deserves to succeed at the next level, it is Patric Young. I don’t personally know him, but I have heard many great things about him. Other than the fact that Young has worked like crazy to gain and maintain his body, he also plays defense just as hard as offense (defensive player of the year in the SEC), he does very well in school and he seems to have a great attitude towards life. The little things always go a very, very long way.
Trevor Lowry is a Senior Writer and Copy Editor at RantSports.com. If you’re a tweeter feel free to follow him @TheTrevorLowry or add him to your network on Google.
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