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Chandler Parsons' versatility aiding shorthanded Gators



Cparsons When Florida coach Billy Donovan said during a preseason media session that it was possible junior forward Chandler Parsons would see time at point guard, at the time it didn't seem all that likely.

But with the Gators down to eight scholarship players and guards Erving Walker and Kenny Boynton each  averaging nearly 33 minutes per game, Parsons has been called into service of late - and is holding his own.

"I think it's a lot for Erving and Kenny to handle the sole responsibility of handling the ball against pressure, then you're asking them to score and make shots, and then we also ask them to play defense against good offensive players,'' UF coach Billy Donovan said. "The physical demands on those two guys with a lack of depth in our backcourt is causing us to find a way to relieve those two from being on the ball all the time. I think Chandler is a great resource for us because he does have some size and he does have some passing ability and skills and he's also a good driver. . . "Mixing Chandler in at different points in the game is helpful based on how Erving is feeling or how much pressure he's under.'' 

Parsons, who has also considerably improved on his rebounding skills this season, said he's comfortable bringing the ball down the court when needed.

"I think I'm pretty capable of getting the ball down the court to help when teams are constantly trying to pressure Erving or Kenny,'' Parsons said. "I'm good with handling the ball and I feel comfortable doing it. I'm glad it's something else I can do to help this team out even more.''

Parsons is also the Gators' second-leading rebounder behind Alex Tyus.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 1:39pm]


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