With Young down low, Florida aims high on defense

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DALLAS (AP) - Because of his chiseled arms and high school accolades, Patric Young drew comparisons to NBA All-Star Dwight Howard long before he took his first hook shot at Florida.

Young had little, if any, chance to live up to the hype.

And he didn't. But the senior center has been far from an underachiever for top-seeded Florida (36-2), which plays Connecticut in the Final Four on Saturday.

A three-time Southeastern Conference scholar athlete of the year, Young will leave the Gators as one of coach Billy Donovan's best post defenders. Donovan puts the SEC defensive player of the year right up there with former defensive stoppers Brent Wright, Donnell Harvey, Joakim Noah and Al Horford.

Donovan says Young is "a total team guy" who cares only about winning.



 
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