Chomping at Bits: Chandler Parsons' NBA Draft Prep, Billy Donovan's Charity, Alabama Tornado Relief

Chomping at Bits has only the slightest cough right now. Yay!

CP turns page: Chandler Parsons went from being the gawky freshman I made fun of to the senior leader of an Elite Eight team, and now he's got legitimate NBA dreams, which he discussed with GatorZone's Scott Carter. Parsons graduated last Saturday with a degree in telecommunications and is headed to Los Angeles to work out in preparation for the 2011 NBA Draft. He's currently not listed in DraftExpress' 2011 mock draft, but Parsons' 6'10" frame, smooth shot, and rebounding skills make him an intriguing prospect. And if he's not playing professionally in the NBA in 2011, bet on Parsons heading to Europe and keeping hope alive for future seasons.

Donovan's charity wins: You may vaguely remember Florida men's basketball coach Billy Donovan being a part of an Infiniti-sponsored charity competition; this morning, Donovan was presented with a $100,000 check to the Sebastian Ferrero Foundation as the winner of the Infiniti Coaches' Charity Challenge. Donovan's work with the Sebastian Ferrero Foundation, a Gainesville charity that is dedicated to fundraising for a children's hospital in Gainesville, has its roots in the stillbirth of Donovan's daughter, and Donovan won the Challenge based on fan votes, beating out Kentucky coach John Calipari, among others. If you are interested in donating to the Sebastian Ferrero Foundation, visit the Foundation's website.

Help Alabama: You're obviously aware of the devastation left in the wake of the tornadoes that hit the South last week. No state was harder hit than Alabama, and our Alabama blog, Roll 'Bama Roll, has put together a widget — you can find it on the right rail, below the FanPosts — with a ton of options for charitable giving. RBR is also doing plenty of other donation coordination on a daily basis, and my hat's off to them for their work in a time of critical need. If you want to help not just Alabama but the entire South, here's another good list of charities.

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