TWO BITS: Young to NBA? Brown off ESPN?

By Adam Silverstein
March 7, 2013

1 » When Florida Gators junior center Patric Young climbed the ladder and snipped his piece of Florida’s 2013 SEC Championship on Wednesday evening in the Stephen C. O’Connell Center, fans in attendance serenaded him with chants of, “One more year!” Asked after the game if he does indeed plan on remaining in Gainesville, FL for his senior season, Young said he is unsure at this point. “[The fans] are thinking about it, but I’m not thinking about it too much,” said Young, according to The Gainesville Sun. “You know I love being here. There’s no better program in America. I love playing for coach [Billy] Donovan. I’m going to do what’s best for me and my family and whatever makes me happy, honestly.” Young is currently projected to be a mid-to-late second-round selection by numerous NBA Draft analysts. His stock has actually dropped over the last two years as scouts have not seen him progress as much as they would prefer. Sticking with the Gators and putting the finishing touches on his game – improving his mid-range jump shot, becoming a more consistent rebounder, providing a sustained level of energy – could help him in the long run.

2 » According to Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitch, who received confirmation Wednesday from the network, ESPN sideline reporter Jenn Brown has decided to leave the company. “Jenn Brown is no longer working for ESPN,” spokesman Mike Humes told SI. “We wish her well.” Brown first began working for ESPN in 2006 and signed full-time with the company in 2010. She had her workload increase with the departure of Erin Andrews but appears to have been one-upped by Samantha Ponder, who took some of the higher profile network assignments that Brown may have been expecting to receive. Brown, a former Florida softball player, is the second member of the Gators family to leave the network in the last seven months after Andrews (a former UF dazzler) departed for FOX Sports in August. Former Florida quarterback Jesse Palmer remains with the network as a college football analyst.

Extra BIT » FOX Sports Florida announced on Thursday that the Gators’ spring game, the 2013 Orange & Blue Debut previously set for April 6, will air live on Sun Sports at 1 p.m. Additionally, FSF will be airing the game live online at FOXSportsFlorida.com and replaying the contest on television the following Sunday and multiple times thereafter (check your local listings). Larry Vettel (play-by-play), Nat Moore (color commentary) and Brady Ackerman (sideline reporting) will be on the call.

17 Comments

  1. tank says:

    Would be a crowded front court next year if Young stays.

    • Michael Jones says:

      What?? Crowded for whom? The benchplayers? It for sure won’t be crowded for Young and it for sure won’t be too crowded to contend for a national championship.

      Young needs to stay and develop a few post moves and the mid-range jumper, just like the article says. He does that, then he’s an mid-to-upper 1st round selection. Besides, without Rosario, Murphy and Boynton, Young will be the first option on offense next year (something that should have happened this year).

      He will develop immeasurably when he starts getting more touches and the offense starts running throug him. We saw the first glimpse of that just a little bit against Vandy last night. His body is NBA but he still needs to get his skill set and his knowledge of the game up to NBA.

      • tank says:

        Um, where did I say that Young wouldn’t start if he came back?
        Here is what we would have at the 4 and 5 next year if Young stays. I’m assuming that Finney-Smith will probably play both SF and PF, but may stay mostly at SF. I would be surprised if Chris Walker didn’t expect to start.

        Patrick Young
        Will Yeguete
        Dorian Finney-Smith
        Demontre Harris
        Chris Walker

        Not sure what the starting rotation would look like this if Young returned, maybe something like this:

        Kasey Hill/Wilbekin
        Wilbekin/ Frazier
        Prather/Finney-Smith
        Yeguete/ Walker
        Patrick Young

        • 1 – Kasey Hill
          2 – Scottie Wilbekin
          3 – Dorian Finney-Smith
          4 – Casey Prather
          5 – Patric Young

          Harris and Yeguete would be the first subs and could replace 3-4-5. Prather would move to the three, of course, if one of them came in for Smith. Then it would go from there.

          • tank says:

            I can see Walker pouting on the bench with that scenario. Hopefully Billy has prepared him for dissapointment.

            • You know what? I completely forgot about Walker. My fault. He’d be in that reserve mix in that case. Would be difficult to manage for sure.

              • Tractorr says:

                It would be nice if Young was on the court with another powerful big. I mean Murphy is a skilled player but he will not be a 4 in the NBA, he doesn’t have the body. He will likely be moved to the 3.

                Imagine what happens if Harris or Walker is the 4 with Young as the 5 or vice versa, Young could explode when there is another big to account for.

              • Yeah. Donovan could start Walker at the four and have Prather be a reserve for Finney-Smith. He would really need to work on his jumper though.

              • Ken (CA) says:

                It is a nice problem to have rather than figuring out how to balance the short bench.

          • Michael Jones says:

            I can’t see Frazier not continuing to have a major role coming off of the bench. He had a super freshman year. I like Tank’s proposed rotation. I would love to see us be able to go 9 deep like that. Just wear other teams out with energy and fresh legs. Also a good buffer for the inevitable injuries and other causes for missed playing time during the long season. I’m a big proponent of developing your bench. . plus it keeps more players happy and engaged.

          • tank says:

            Maybe something like this, assuming no transfers:

            1- Kasey Hill / Wilbekin / Ogbueze
            2- Wilbekin / Frazier / Devon Walker / Graham
            3- Prather or Finney-Smith / Frazier (in 3 guard set) / Devon Walker
            4- Chris Walker / Yeguete / Harris
            5- Young / Harris / Yeguete

            If I remember correctly, Finney-Smith shoots 3 ptrs at a pretty high percentage but doesn’t shoot a bunch. Prather also shoots a high percentage but has only taken a handful and always seems timid when given an opportunity for a 3 ptr. Don’t know if Billy really lets him shoot the 3. Really don’t know enough about Finney-Smith to say who would start at the 3 position. Hopefully Ogbueze doesn’t transfer as Wilbekin is will be a senior and all signs point to Hill being a one and done.

  2. GatorCooken says:

    You mentioned his NBA body. DRINK!

  3. Joe says:

    Patrick – 2 words for ya Maurice Speights

    • Tractorr says:

      Is that supposed to encourage him to stay or leave?

      Speights is having a relatively average NBA career, so it could go either way.

    • tank says:

      Maurice is making something between 3 and 5 million dollars a year as an average NBA player. I wish I was an average NBA player.

  4. Ken (CA) says:

    I feel bad for Patric dropping to mid to low 2nd which means likely d-league. Certainly doesnt sound like an early exit scenario. At least speights was a mid 1st rounder guaranteed money

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