Chandler Parsons Excited for NBA Draft

In kindergarten, Chandler Parsons drew a picture of a basketball player for his teacher, Mrs. Boss. Parsons told her he wanted to be a basketball player in the NBA when he grew up. While Mrs. Boss may have doubted the five year old's dream that day she along with the Parsons family, friends, and the rest of Gator Nation have watched a young man develop into a top NBA prospect.

With the 2011 NBA Draft just hours away, Fightin' Gators' Milani Beaudrault caught up with Chandler Parsons to find out the latest on the 2011 prospect.

Beaudrault: What does tonight mean for you?

Parsons: This means everything to me, I have been dreaming about being in the NBA since I was a child and I am honored to be in this situation. I have worked very hard and it is going to be very special for it all to become a reality.

Beaudrault: Where will you be during the NBA Draft?

Parsons: I will be at my house in Orlando with my parents, brothers, and some of my closest friends. I wanted to keep it small with the people that have been with me since day one.

Beaudrault: What have you been doing to prepare for the draft?

Parsons: I worked out and interviewed with 16 different teams all over the country. It was awesome to meet with all these general managers and coaches I have been watching my whole life. It was also an amazing opportunity to compete against the other best players in the country. Even though it has been exhausting and a grind going city-to-city and traveling so much, I had a blast and would do it all over again.

Beaudrault: What were some of your goals when working out for these teams?

Parsons: My goals were to just go in and compete as hard as I could and show teams and scouts what I am capable of. They have seen me play for four years so bringing you in gives them a great chance to see you in person and put you in situations and see how you react to them. It is also a good opportunity for them to see how hard you compete.

Beaudrault: What kind of feedback have you received?

Parsons: I have had very positive feedback but nothing for sure. It is hard to tell with all the trade and free agent talk, but my agent says I've done everything I could do to move up in the draft and I have backed up everything these teams have heard. All of the teams basically say the same thing and keep it really private so it's tough to say what they are really thinking.

Beaudrault: What is the best aspect of your game?

Parsons: I think the best aspect of my game is being 6-10 and able to play multiple positions. I can pass, shoot, rebound, and handle the ball like a guard. I consider myself one of the most versatile players in the draft.

Beaudrault: What aspect of your game do you think you can improve upon?

Parsons: I need to work on my strength and become more of a consistent shooter. However, I am adjusting to the NBA three-point line very well.

Beaudrault: Are there any teams in particular that you would love to play for? Parsons: No team in particular, just to be in the NBA is my dream. I would love to be on a good team where I can contribute right away.

Beaudrault: How has playing for the Florida Gators prepared you for the NBA?

Parsons: I am very thankful for the coaches and staff at Florida. I have grown so much as a player and a person and a lot of that credit goes to them. I have grown to understand how hard you have to work and what it takes to win and I can't wait to take that mindset to the NBA.

Beaudrault: Where do you see yourself getting selected tonight?

Parsons: I am just very blessed and honored to be in this situation and wherever I am picked I am going to make the most out of it and work very hard.

Mock drafts from,, and have Parsons going late in the first round or early in the second round.

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