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Concern: Interior scoring
Florida keeps getting pieces back, one by one, and when the whole is complete (or as complete as it will get, anyway) the Gators have every capability to be a Final Four team.
Senior forward Casey Prather, at the ripe old age of 22, has blossomed into a full-fledged leader on the court after three years of being a handy, yet undistinguished, performer off the bench. His classmate Patric Young, meanwhile, occupies the other end of the spectrum, being a hyped prospect who might have peaked as a sophomore.
The 6'6", 212-pound Prather has become a slasher who can get to the rim at will and convert when he gets there. Hoop-Math has him down as getting 58 percent of his shots at the tin and making 70 percent of those.
And what about Young, the 6'9", 240-pound behemoth? He takes 36 percent of his shots inside and makes 57 percent. Division I averages are 38 and 61.
As a team, UF doesn't obsess about getting to the rack much. The Gators as a whole take 36 percent of their shots inside and only make 55 percent of those. After Prather's 38 inside baskets and Young's 15, the next most prolific interior scorer is walk-on Jacob Kurtz with 10.
McDonald's All-American Chris Walker is now on campus and practicing, but Florida coach Billy Donovan is trying to calm the inevitable hype. "He's 6-10, he weighs 203 pounds," Donovan told USA Today's Nicole Auerbach. "He just got absolutely annihilated by Patric Young for three days."
If Young and his 230-pound sidekick, Will Yeguete, aren't terribly concerned about settling for jumpers—Yeguete takes 35.7 percent at the rim and makes only a third—the spindly Walker likely won't, either. Some nights, though, the jumpers just won't fall.