Parsons To Play In France

Former Gator forward, Chandler Parsons will head overseas to begin his professional basketball career with Cholet in the French League. After turning down an offer from the same team in July, Parsons received a new offer he couldn't resist. Parsons' two month contract will allow him to return to the NBA when the lockout is lifted.

Former Florida Forward and 2011 SEC player of the year, Chandler Parsons will head to France on Sunday to kick off his professional career with Cholet in the French League. Parsons signed a two month guaranteed contract, which will allow him to return to the NBA when the lockout is lifted. Parsons was selected in the second round (36th overall) by the Houston Rockets.

"After October 3rd, when the NBA training camp starts I am able to leave if the lockout were to end. After October 31st I have an option to stay or come back over," Parsons said. "Financially it was too good to pass up and I am looking forward to helping Cholet anyway I can."

Over the past few months, Parsons has been back and forth between Gainesville and Orlando working out to improve his game. But, there is no doubt the former Gator is ready to get back on the court.

"I am very excited about this opportunity to play for such a prestigious team in Cholet," Parsons said. "It is a great chance to play against great competition, with a great team, and for a great coach. The French League is one of the best and Cholet is one of the top teams."

Parsons will join Penn State's Talor Battle and Miami's Robert Hire on Cholets squad.


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