Sophomore forward Patric Young did his part in a two point loss to Croatia on Wednesday. USA…
Young Will Benefit from USA Team Experience
His role won't be much different this season.
The Gators will need him to score enough to keep defenses from playing only on the perimeter and double-teaming one of Florida's guards. Most of the scoring will come from the guard position, where Florida returns Kenny Boynton and Erving Walker, while adding one of the top freshmen in the country in Brad Beal. The Gators also get an impact transfer, as Mike Rosario will be eligible after sitting out last season because of a transfer from Rutgers.
Young hasn't settled for simply being known as a defender. He is 10-for-12 from the field in two wins over Poland and Australia, scoring 22 points and pulling down 11 rebounds in the two games combined. In nine games played, Young averaged 9.7 points and 6.8 rebounds.
The real positive comes in his shooting percentage. Young shot 55.6% from the field last season, but there were some easy shots he missed that needed to be corrected before his sophomore season. In nine games with Team USA, Young shot 72% (36-50) from the floor.
From the free throw line, Young shot 44.1% (15-for-34). After shooting 70.3% during his freshman season, he knows it's something that is still a work in progress.
Team USA finished the U19 World Championships without bringing home the gold, but the team's solid play at the end of the tournament was encouraging.
"It's bitter sweet because we're leaving without the gold medal but we're happy that we came out victorious as a team," Patric Young said. "It‘s been a long battle for us to be here since June 17 and we've gone through so many things and we're just really happy that we were able to come through on a positive note. Of course we wanted to win the gold medal, we're just happy that we were able to do the things we accomplished and learn the lessons we learned from this."
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