Parsons, Boynton Impressed with Rookies

This is a tricky time of year for covering college basketball. Most of the news is about a player two or three years away from college who likely will never end up at the school in question. Other than that, there are a lot of pick up games involving the returning players and newcomers at a particular program.

That's clearly the case in Gainesville where a veteran core has been hitting the hardwood every day with a five-man freshman class in addition to transfer Mike Rosario who must sit out the upcoming season.

I've been told by some who have seen the pick up competition that Patric Young is every bit the beast he has been portrayed to be, Casey Prather has the talent to play the two-guard position and Scottie Wilbekin is ready to contribute perhaps more than perhaps most expect. On Wednesday, I got a chance to ask returning veterans Chandler Parsons and Kenny Boynton about the latest additions to the Florida program.

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Chandler Parsons on the freshman class:

"They ask so many questions and they really want to get better. During pick up they're not taking bad shots and they're playing hard. They're really willing to learn and we have some older guys and they are willing learners and trying to get better every day."

Parsons on Scottie Wilbekin:

"You can tell sometimes when his eyes are wide open and (he's thinking) wow, this is different. We try to make him feel comfortable because he's going to be a big part of our team this year. He brings a different style of point guard to our team. He's athletic. He's long and he really gets after it on the defensive end."

Parsons on playing with Patric Young:

"He must have elbowed me and Vernon (Macklin) 19 times. He is out of his mind in how he plays so hard and so physical. He brings something I've never played with before. They guy is an absolute animal. He plays like he's pissed off."

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Kenny Boynton on Scottie Wilbekin:

"Scottie' he's surprised me. This is the first time I've seen him play once he got here. He's a scoring guard. He and Casey Prather play really good defense."

Boynton on Prather's talent:

"He's a really athletic two-guard. He's had some concussions lately (from collisions with Young) lately but he was back yesterday (Tuesday) and he looked really good."

Boynton on Patric Young:

"Patric got me one time. He's really strong. Patric rebounds every play and never takes a play off so we're definitely looking forward to him playing."

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Obviously, the top two returning players for the Florida Gators have great expectations for the newcomers. While Young is clearly the best of the rookies, I believe that the player of Prather and/or Wilbekin will go further in determining what this team can accomplish.


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