The University of Florida confirmed a report on Twitter by Jeff Goodman of CBSSports.com (@GoodmanCBS) that Young will return for his senior season, ending speculation that he would leave early for the NBA.
While Young showed glimpses this season he might be an effective interior defender at the NBA level, it was clear much of the season his rebounding, inside scoring and free-throw shooting need a lot of work.
The 6-foot-9, 247-pound Young was projected to a second-round pick if he had left school. The Web site draftexpress.com rates Young the No. 43 draft prospect.
“I have the chance to finish my degree and play another season for Coach Donovan with great teammates and friends at a place I love,” Young said in a statement released by the school. “These first three years have gone by in a flash, and I can’t believe it is my senior year already. I have gotten better as a player and better as a man at the University of Florida. I believe God has my future in his hands, so all I am worried about now is getting better this summer and making it the hardest I have trained in my life.”
Young's final game of the season - a 79-59 loss to Michigan in the Elite Eight - capped a tough postseason for him. Young picked up two fouls in two minutes, but not before Wolverines freshman Mitch McGary had two layups, a dunk and three rebounds as Michigan jumped to a 9-0 lead.
Young averaged just 9.5 points and 5.8 rebounds during the NCAA Tournament, below his regular-season averages of 10.3 points and 6.2 rebounds.
In the first two weeks of February, Young had his two double-doubles in a four-game span during wins against Ole Miss and Kentucky. But Young did not have double figures in rebounding in the season's final 14 games.
Young's struggles at the free-throw line also intensified in the postseason. He shot 49.6 percent (59 of 119) during the regular season, but just 45.2 percent (19 of 42) in seven postseason games.
To become a first-round pick and top-level college player, Young has significant improvements to make in every area of the game.
Coach Billy Donovan is happy Young will spend the next 12 months working on his game in Gainesville. The addition of 6-foot-10 Damontre Harris, a transfer from South Carolina, and 6-foot-10 freshman McDonald's All-American Chris Walker will give Florida good size under the basket.
“We’re excited that Patric will continue with us for his senior season,” Donovan said. “This was Patric’s decision to make, and he ultimately had to do what he felt was best for himself and his future.”