TWO BITS: Young, Gardner, eye black, Henderson

By Adam Silverstein
June 24, 2010

1 » Florida Gators four-star power forward commitment Patric Young (Jacksonville, FL) is drawing rave reviews from coaches and fellow players as he works with the USA Basketball Men’s U-18 National Team in preparation for the 2010 FIBA Americas U18 Championship for Men from June 26-30. “He’s playing really, really well,” team assistant and Georgia Tech head coach Paul Hewitt told ESPN‘s Andy Katz earlier this week. “He’s making plays, rebounding and running the floor well. Offensively, he’s looking good. He gives tremendous effort every time – great effort –and he’ll help Florida even if he doesn’t score a ton of buckets. He’s going to help them. He’ll defend, set screens and do all those things without scoring points.”

2 » After a career including 13 NCAA Tournament berths coming as a player, graduate assistant and coach, Gators women’s basketball assistant Susie Gardner is expected to be named the head coach of the Mercer Bears at a 3 p.m. press conference Thursday. Gardner, who has spent the last three seasons with Florida, has been in the Southeastern Conference for 13 years of her 24-year coaching career including stints as head coach at Arkansas and as an assistant and player at Georgia.

3 » With the statues of former Gators quarterback and Heisman Trophy winners Tim Tebow, Danny Wuerffel and Steve Spurrier going up outside of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium next year, fans have been asking one relatively interesting question: Will Tebow’s statue feature a signature eye black message? The Gainesville Sun attempted to get this question definitively answered but found a non-committal response instead. The statue’s artist, W. Stanley “Sandy” Proctor, has already completed Tebow’s statue – which includes blank eye black. However, his business manager said that he would be happy to add a message if the University of Florida requested it. Associate athletics director Chip Howard was a bit more clear, saying he was “not sure if [a message] will show up well so you can read [it], but we continue to work on the statue […] to make [it] as real as possible.”

4 » Five-star offensive lineman Seantrel Henderson (Minneapolis, MN), the top recruit in the country in 2010 who committed to the USC Trojans on National Signing Day, is apparently mulling his future with the team, according to reports. Henderson, who chose USC over Miami, Ohio State, Florida and Minnesota, was allegedly promised by Kiffin that the Trojans would not suffer any major sanctions from the NCAA. USC coaches (including Kiffin) flew out in a private jet to visit Henderson last week with hopes to keep his commitment, but he recently told the St. Paul Pioneer Press that he didn’t “want to talk about that,” when asked whether or not he was remaining with the program.


  1. npgator says:

    Henderson should approach the Florida coaching staff about coming on down. Someone with a huge ego doesn’t want to play for a team with no shot at winning a Championship.

  2. If I was Florida, I wouldn’t want Henderson.

  3. JW says:

    My guess is that if Henderson abandons USC, he’s going to Miami.

  4. Drew 4 Orange & Blue says:

    He believe Lane….haaaaaaa sucker!!!!

  5. ReptilesRule says:

    Then why did Hendersen go ahead and sign up after saying he was going to wait to see what finally happened???? Guess his Pops didn’t get his recording contract. I smell trouble with this guy, let him be somebody else’s “prima donna”.

  6. Charles says:

    Patric Young = Clark Kent Jr. = Superman Jr. = Dwight Howard Jr. = Best Defensive minded frontcourt player with athletic abilities at Florida, arguably ever? can’t wait

  7. Drew 4 Orange & Blue says:

    I assume he is free to look elsewhere? Can someone confirm….you would think if they are letting current players leave and not have to sit out that signed incoming players could leave as well….as far as not wanting him this guy is suppose to be a top 4-5 pick in the draft type talent that to my knowledge has never been in any type of trouble and some don’t want him because he has an ego…am I missing something or does he have off the field issues?

  8. John Shanks says:

    Miami has south beach and will play to the elder Henderson’s ego. USC was weak on the OL to start and they only picked up 15 or 16 commitments before being sanctioned. Where are the “Fall of Troy” headlines?

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