Gators center Patric Young undergoes right ankle surgery

Young played with a bone spur during postseason struggles

By Edgar Thompson | Orlando Sentinel

8:12 PM EDT, April 16, 2013


Florida center Patric Young underwent surgery last Friday to remove a bone spur in his right ankle, UF confirmed Tuesday.

The injury comes on the heels of an up-and-down postseason for Young, who announced last week he would return for his senior season rather than leave early for the NBA.

Young's surgery was first reported by Landon Watnick (@LandonWatnick) of the Independent Alligator.

The 6-foot-9, 247-pound Young will need six weeks to fully recover, Watnick reported.

Young hopes to make improvements to all areas of his game during the offseason, especially his offensive skills.

Young averaged just 9.5 points and 5.8 rebounds during four NCAA Tournament game and picked up two fouls in the first two minutes of Florida's 79-59 loss to Michigan in the Elite Eight.

He also shot just 45.2 percent (19 of 42) from the foul line in seven postseason games, including the SEC Tournament.

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