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April 16, 2013

Gators center Patric Young undergoes ankle surgery

Florida center Patric Young on Friday underwent surgery on his right ankle to remove a bone spur.

Young is on crutches and will not be able to participate in lower body workouts for roughly six weeks. A UF spokesman confirmed the surgery to Landon Watnick of The Independent Florida Alligator.

Young played in all 37 of UF's games this season, starting all but one and finishing with an average of 10.1 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. Through the school, Young announced on April 8 that he would return for his senior season. He was projected as a second round pick in the NBA Draft. 

In a press conference held last week to wrap up the season, coach Billy Donovan spoke of wanting to see more out of the 6-9 big man next year.

"With him going into his senior year now, I think if you look at him when he was a sophomore, he averaged 10 and 6. This year he averaged 10 and 6. I really felt that Patric has the potential and ability to rebound more," Donovan said. "People wanted look at his offense, that he has gotten better offensively. But I feel him playing with a consistent motor would not only help him, it would help our team. I think he has the capability of doing those things."

Perhaps playing on a gimpy ankle limited Young in 2012-13, but there won't be any room for that in 2013-14 as Florida has transfers Damontre Harris (6-11, averaged 6.8 pts, 5.5 rebs with 71 blocks as a sophomore at South Carolina) and Dorian Finney-Smith (6-8, averaged 6.3 pts and 7.0 reb as a freshman at Virginia Tech) as well as incoming freshman Chris Walker (6-10) to add to the competition for minutes in the frontcourt.

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