Future of the position: Center

The depth at center was dependent on the return of Patric Young. If Young decided to leave after his junior year to test the NBA Draft, the Gators would've been thin again. Florida added South Carolina transfer Damontre Harris one year ago to get another center on the roster, and he'll add a solid piece of depth to the roster next season when Young heads into his third year as a starter.

Patric Young averaged 10.1 points and 6.3 rebounds last season, a slight tick down from his averages of 10.2 points and 6.4 rebounds during his sophomore season. The big jump came in blocked shots. After blocking 30 shots as a sophomore, Young recorded 58 during the 2012-13 season.

Young's offensive game continued to be efficient. He shot 58.6% from the field but still has plenty to improve in his senior season. He turned the ball over 56 times, the third most on the team, despite going through long stretches when he wasn't involved in the offense. Young also shot 48.9% from the free throw line.

He also became a better defender. Young has become more disciplined in the paint, not falling for shot fakes like he did earlier in his career. He has now learned to keep his feet on the ground and play with his arms straight up against a smaller player. His added discipline helped his defense in the paint last year.

Young improved his defense last year

The addition of Damontre Harris last season was supposed to make Young better. However, Harris tore the labrum in his shoulder before the season started and was held out of contact in practice. This left Young, yet again, without a similarly sized player to face in the paint.

Harris, who will play this fall as a redshirt junior, wasn't much of a scorer before transferring from South Carolina. He averaged 6.8 points and 5.5 rebounds while earning SEC All-Defensive Team honors as a sophomore. He totaled 71 blocks in 31 games that season, adding 29 steals.

The 6-10, 228-pound big man needs to improve his offense. He shot 55% from the field and 80.4% from the free throw line, but there needs to be more diversity to his offensive game. That was supposed to improve with practice time last year, but he rejoined practice in a non-contact capacity late in the year after his shoulder injury.

Harris is a shot blocker

Harris was expected to be the starting center if Young decided to start his professional career, but with both on the roster now, the Gators have quality depth at the center position for the first time in a while. Florida head coach Billy Donovan also mentioned the possibility of playing both on the floor at the same time.

The Gators have used mostly a stretch-four in Erik Murphy at power forward over the last three years, but the team will have a different look this year. A frontcourt of Harris and Young will cause problems for opposing teams because of the height advantage.

The third string center isn't quite clear. Murphy spent minutes at center when Young had foul trouble in recent years, but his departure opens another hole. Freshman Chris Walker or senior Will Yeguete could be in line for minutes at center. Walker has the athleticism to create issues in the paint and Yeguete knows the scheme well enough to play minutes there if necessary.

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