Parsons May Be Getting The Point

For three years, Chandler Parsons has played primarily the small forward ("3") position for the Gator basketball team, but heading into his senior year there's no telling what his role might be at any given point of any given game. The 6-9 veteran from Lake Howell is preparing himself for anything from a "point forward" role to even filling in at power forward.

Last year, Chandler Parsons has a solid campaign averaging 12.4 points and 6.9 rebounds a game. He shot 49 percent from the field, 36 percent from 3-point range, but just 66 percent from the free throw line. He's now a member of the Gators' 1,000 point club (1,045), has grabbed 580 rebounds and dished out 203 assists.

Recently Parsons met with us media types to talk about his summer which included the LeBron James camp that featured many of the top small forwards in college basketball.

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On how the team has done this summer:

"Everyone's been going really hard and the chemistry's been good with the freshmen. Guys are coming in with the right mind set and not thinking anything crazy about their expectations and their role(s) this year. Pick up (games) have been competitive and I think overall everyone has gotten stronger and we've done a good job for the summer."

On what he's worked on:

"I'm trying to get stronger. Going against these guys in camp these are the best of the best in the country at my position. These guys are really athletic and really strong with them and I thought (I showed) that I could play with them and hold my own. I was really working on my ball handling and decision making."

On handling multiple positions as a senior:

"I'm ready for any role that coach gives me. I think I'm capable of playing point and I'm fine at the "2" and "3". Even at times if he wants me to I can play the "4". Whatever coach wants me to do this year I'm going to do it. This is it for me and I want to go out with a bang. I want to win as many games as we can and go as far into March as we can."

On the key to improving his productivity this season:

"I think I'm pretty good at getting to the hole and getting to the foul line, but I want to be a knock down shooter. If I'm open there's no reason I shouldn't knock it down. Hopefully I'll be a better free throw shooter. I've been working on that."

On this group of Gators entering the season with higher expectations:

"Obviously we like people showing us attention and ranking us high, but none of that stuff matters. We've never been ranked pre-season like we're going to be. We've just got to focus on one game at a time and one practice at a time and not let that stuff blow up our head because it really doesn't mean anything until March."

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With a strong senior year Parsons could become just the seventh Gator to top 1,500 points and 800 rebounds.


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