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Patric Young's entire Florida career has been a story of misspent potential.
Now a senior, Gator fans are seeing absolutely nothing they haven't seen before from the former McDonald's All-American.
Young's 10.2-PPG average is right in line with his previous two seasons, but his shooting efficiencies—including 49 percent from the floor—are the worst he's ever recorded. His offensive rebounding percentage (9.7) is the lowest since his freshman year, and his defensive rate (15.6) is his weakest ever.
His numbers are weighed down by a poor start, with 10 points total in his first two games. Unfortunately, one of those two games was against Wisconsin, Florida's one true quality opponent so far. Young put up eight points and six rebounds in that game, but he was played to a standstill by previously unheralded Badger big man Frank Kaminsky.
Since the Wisconsin game, Young is averaging approximately 13 points and eight boards, but once again, those stats have been accumulated against overmatched opposition.
As Young rapidly approaches the end of his career, he still needs a consistently strong season to validate his largely disappointing career. An upcoming string of dangerous opponents—including Florida State, UConn, Kansas and Memphis—provide his golden opportunity.
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