Parsons and Macklin Selected in NBA Draft

With a one year drought in the NBA draft, the Florida Gators got back on the board in 2011 when seniors Chandler Parsons and Vernon Macklin were both selected in the 2nd round. Parsons, the SEC's Player of the Year, was selected 38th overall by Houston while Macklin went 52nd overall to the Detroit Pistons. Both were key parts in an ‘Elite Eight' NCAA tournament run in their final season.

Chandler Parsons and Vernon Macklin were the 32nd and 33rd players ever selected in the draft from the University of Florida. The two made it 15 players selected from Florida under the helm of current head coach Billy Donovan.

Parsons is second in school history with 3,964 minutes, tied with classmate Alex Tyus for second all-time with 142 games played and playing the small forward position he was still able to finish ninth in Gator history with 859 career rebounds.

Parsons will remembered by a lot of Gators fans for two game winning shots from in his junior season, a 75-footer on the road against N.C. State and a 30-footer to beat South Carolina at home.

Parsons took on a leadership role in his last year and had a stellar senior season where he didn't lead in any particular category in the Southeastern Conference, but was a good enough all-around player to be voted the Gators first ever player of the year in the conference by the SEC coaches.

Macklin transferred in from Georgetown and played two solid seasons for the Gators where he ranks third all-time in field goal percentage (minimum 500 attempts), converting 59.9 percent of his shots.

This is the fourth time in school history that Florida has had more than one player selected in the NBA draft.

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