Junior center Patric Young has displayed impressive athleticism and made a plethora of highlight plays during his time playing for the Florida Gators. And while Young has made ESPN’s Top 10 Plays numerous times, many of his and his teammates’ explosive maneuvers have missed the cut or been ignored by the Worldwide Leader in Sports.
For Florida, a current top-10 team that has been in the top 25 most of Young’s career, being left out of the highlight packages on SportsCenter is nothing new, but it is something he has taken exception to on numerous occasions.
The latest example came on Wednesday when Young opined via his Twitter account how it was possible that “none of the game highlights” were on the Top 10 when both he and junior forward Casey Prather connected on a pair of one-handed jams in less than a minute’s time.
On Thursday, Young noted that his slam was “probably in my top five” dunks he’s made with the Gators. Junior point guard Scottie Wilbekin began a fastbreak off a steal, saw Young running down the lane and dished it to him for the jam.
“He’s a pass-first point guard, so it’s nice having a guy like that. He can score, too, but running down the floor I know he’s going to look for me,” Young said.
“That fastbreak dunk, that’s one of those plays that a big man kind of dreams about having. You just run the floor, ‘I hope he sees me. I hope he sees me. If I get it, I’m going to throw it down so hard.’ And he gave it to me, and I did and I was like [staring and flexing].”
Though Young’s dunk did not make the Top 10, the Stephen C. O’Connell Center erupted when he finished it and plenty of fans took to Twitter to contact him and let him know how impressive it looked on television.
After staring into the camera for a few seconds, Young got over the play and had just one thought in his mind. “I’m surprised Coach D didn’t yell at me, ‘Get back in transition!’”
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