Rockets select Gators F Chandler Parsons with No. 38 pick in second round of 2011 NBA Draft

By Adam Silverstein
June 23, 2011

Round 2 – No. 38
Chandler Parsons, F
Houston Rockets

Height: 6’10” – Weight: 215 lbs.
Age: 22 – Class: Senior

Waiting patiently at his home in Orlando, FL, Florida Gators forward Chandler Parsons learned late Thursday evening that he had been selected by the Houston Rockets with the No. 38 overall pick in the second round of the 2011 NBA Draft.

Parsons, the 2011 Southeastern Conference Player of the Year, is the first Florida player to be selected in the NBA Draft since his former high school teammate, guard Nick Calathes, was picked No. 45 overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2009 before being traded on draft day to the Dallas Mavericks.

Parsons averaged 11.3 points per game as a senior and led the Gators in both rebounding (7.8) and assists (3.7) last season. He shot 48 percent from the field, 36.8 percent from beyond the arc and 55.7 percent from the free throw line in 2011.

A team leader who excelled in team workouts over the last month, Parsons has the size, length and basketball IQ to succeed at the next level. He can defend, rebound and make plays both off the dribble against slower opponents and in the post against smaller ones.

Parsons is the 32nd player in school history to be selected in the NBA Draft.

6/22 – Entry VI: Crossing the finish line
6/15 – Entry V: Workouts intensify
6/8 – Entry IV: East Coast trip continues
6/1 – Entry III: Month of workouts begins
5/24 – Entry II: Workouts, interviews, tests
5/17 – Entry I: Preparing for the combine


  1. Joe says:

    I wonder how many people would have put money on CP being selected higher than Calathes coming out of high school

  2. Ken (CA) says:

    WTG Chandler, looks like Tyus will be undrafted free agent, considering he came out last year initially and his game improved a lot this year, thought he would do better…at least until projections showed him nowhere in sight.

    Wonder How Nick feels now about turning down the team that just won the title… Hard to call someone selfish who had as many assists as he did, but if the picture fits…..

  3. CeeThree says:

    I thought Calathes went in the 1st round a few years ago, but had already signed with Greece or something? I could be wrong.. anyway, congrats to Chandler (who seems like he’s having a good ole time right about now based on that video) and Big Vern, and best of luck to Tyus who I know will make it as they chase and live their dream of playing in the NBA. Go Gators!

  4. gator foot ball says:

    Well done chandler! ill be rootin for you

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