by Ken Pomeroy on Monday, November 7, 2011
It’s tough to find a preview of Florida that doesn’t mention Patric Young and his inevitable breakout season. You also can’t read about Young without hearing about his appearance. The AP Style Book suggests you use “chiseled frame”, “NBA body”, or “bulging biceps” in any description of him, but some description of his physique is required.
I don’t know for a fact that the physique bias is real, but it does seem like Young benefits from such a thing in the opposite way that Reggie Johnson and Joshua Smith are penalized for their doughy appearance despite solid production. That’s the only way to explain the chorus of rational observers that are raving about Young’s upcoming season despite what can kindly be described as an ordinary statistical resume.
DraftExpress currently projects Young as the ninth pick in next year’s NBA draft. It’s not like the folks over…