Monday is a big day in the high school basketball day. It marks the opening of the first of two 10 day spans in July during which college coaches can go out and evaluate recruits. While many of his cohorts will be playing for scholarships, future Gator Patric Young can rest easy knowing that he's already secured a future for himself on the division one level.
While he's already committed, the high flying 6-foot-8 forward from Jacksonville doesn't take the chance to play in front of coaches at All-Star events like Reebok All-American Camp and the NBPA Top 100 Camp lightly.
"It's a great opportunity for me to show what I've got," said Young. "You go against a lot of top guys. It's a great experience, I'm loving it right now."
Noted for his athleticism and his physicality in the post, Young doesn't mind being labeled as a rebounding and dunking machine. Of course he's looking to improve his skills, but he's wise enough to understand that he should stick to what he knows best when it's game time.
"It's a work in progress, but I'm going to try and show to everybody what I do best," said Young of developing his offensive game. "That's playing down low right now. It's a great thing to be down there dunking and having fun. You don't want to get outside your game and look bad, you want to show off your best skills. I'm very happy with that."
Young also appreciates being committed and what that means for his development and future.
"It takes a lot of pressure off me," Young told Fightin' Gators. "I know what I need to work at. Plus, Florida is a great school and they do a great job with the big men. I know coach Donovan is going to work the mess out of me when I get there."
While Young is no stranger to putting in long hours at the gym, he's also working to continually strengthen his relationship with Billy Donovan and the rest of his staff.
"I try to call them at least once or twice a week," said Young. "I'll ask them how they're doing and then we'll talk about basketball, my work outs and how everything else is going."
Excited for his last go round on the summer circuit, Young is even more excited to be a Gator and is looking forward to his future in Gainesville. He feels confident that he can compete and knows that it will just be a matter of adjusting.
"Just having everybody as good as me is going to be the biggest thing," said Young. "I think on any level, I'll be ready to hustle and go as hard as I can go."