1 » Former Florida Gators star center Patric Young, fresh off a successful international season in Turkey, has agreed to join the Los Angeles Clippers and Phoenix Suns for 2015 NBA Summer League action, he told OnlyGators.com on Monday. Young will join the Clippers from July 4-10 in Orlando before heading out west to play with the Suns in Vegas from July 10-20.
Young, who is also weighing significant free agent offers from some top international teams, will join former Gators guard Michael Frazier II and point guard Scottie Wilbekin in summer league action. As first reported by OnlyGators.com on Friday, Frazier will suit up for the Golden State Warriors in Las Vegas, while Wilbekin will see action with the Orlando Magic in Orlando.
Young averaged 8.7 points and 6.4 rebounds for Galatasaray S.K. last season, earning first team honors in the Turkish league for his efforts. It is currently unknown whether Erik Murphy and Casey Prather, both of whom are currently on NBA D-League teams, will play in the summer league, and Florida sophomore early entrant C Chris Walker has not signed on with a team as of press time.
Talked with a few people I really trust and of course God, they've helped me figure out going after the NBA is my best choice
— Patric Young (@PatricYoung4) June 29, 2015
2 » Gators track & field athletes have recently had tremendous success in both national and international competitions, but what three Florida jumpers did on Sunday was unprecedented. Competing at the 2015 USA Track & Field Championships, jumpers that competed for the Gators finished 1-2-3 in the triple jump with Omar Craddock edging Will Claye and Marquis Dendy for the gold medal. Claye also won a silver medal in the event at the 2012 London Olympics (finishing second to former Florida athlete Christian Taylor) and will be going out for the 2016 Rio Olympics as well, though he looks to have plenty of in-house competition for that event, too.
3 » Now with his fourth NFL team in as many seasons following two trades and a release, Buffalo Bills wide receiver Percy Harvin believes now is finally the time to prove he can be the true No. 1 wideout that many thought he could be when he joined the league. “Aside from the first two years I got in the league, I’ve just been a gadget guy,” Harvin told the team’s website. “I’ve been dying to just sit down with that one coach who will tell me what I’m doing wrong and what I need to do. … I think this year a lot of people are going to see the end result of [my hard work].” Harvin still plans to contribute on special teams , which head coach Rex Ryan certainly appreciates. Ryan said Harvin is “just popping off” and “scratching the surface of what kind of outside receiver he can be.”
4 » Golden State Warriors C Marreese Speights has put together quite a month, following up winning the 2015 NBA Finals with some special honors, including the key to the City of St. Petersburg (see below). He also threw out the first pitch at a Tampa Bay Rays game, though Mo’ Buckets would likely need to become Mo’ Strikes if he ever hopes of changing sports.
On Monday, Speights had his $3.815 million team option picked up for the 2015-16 season, according to San Francisco Chronicle beat writer Rusty Simmons.
I'm blessed and I thank God for every day for everything that happens for me!!! If it wasn't for my teammates my coaches in my great God none of this would be possible … Thank you #dubnation yall are the best this KEY just not for me it's for yall my teammates in everybody who support me … Key to the city #Blessed
— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) June 27, 2015
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