Parsons Does an Inside Job

Perhaps the worst thing that happened to Chandler Parsons this season was hitting 7-of-8 three-point shots in a 27-point performance at Vanderbilt. It reinforced the notion that the 6-9 sophomore forward is a long range shooting specialist when the reality is he does his best work inside the arc.

That opinion was validated Wednesday night when Parsons scored 17 points and grabbed a career high 14 rebounds in leading the Gators to an 84-62 win over Jacksonville in the first round of the NIT.

Parsons made 6-of-7 shots, but only two of those were from behind the arc. The rest of his scoring came from drives to the basket and offensive rebounds where his quickness is better than that of most big forwards. The big game also ended a four game slump in which Parsons scored a total of just nine points, bottoming out with a scoreless 22 minutes against Auburn in the SEC Tournament. It was only his second career double-double.

Parsons entered the game making just 30 percent of his shots from long range and since that game at Vandy it's been even worse (22 percent). His shooting woes from behind the arc followed him to the free throw line where he had made just 12-of-25 since the 27 point night.

But Wednesday in the O'Connell, Center Parsons took just three shots from beyond the arc. He made two of them and his miss wasn't his fault as he ended up with the ball late in the shot clock. He made 4-of-6 from inside the arc and all three of his free throws.

When Chandler Parsons shoots the ball well and attacks the basket on both ends, Florida is a much better team. Friday night we'll see if this is a one night stand or if the light has gone on for him with regards to the best way he can impact winning.

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