No one can accuse Jeff Withey of taking time off from improving his game. If anything, the Kansas Jayhawks center has a strong vision in place to become a complete big man, not only for the 2012-13 season of Kansas Jayhawks basketball but for his NBA future hopes as well.
Withey recently took a weekend to attend Amar'e Stoudemire's Skills Academy that ran from June 21 to 23, and he also has an invite to LeBron James' Skills Academy coming up this weekend. It's all part of getting better before next season to maximize his pro potential and take in all that he can.
When it comes to facing NBA athletes, Withey walked away with a stronger sense of what it takes to compete on that level.
"I was amazed how quick he is," Withey said after the Stoudemire camp. "He's not that much bigger than everybody else. He's just extremely fast. I think that's the difference between the NBA and college is just quickness."
WIthey also has to be thinking about Thomas Robinson's success last season and subsequent top five draft placement. He put in the hard work in the offseason heading into a year where Bill Self needed him to take control. The end result was a NCAA Tournament Finals appearance and NBA glory to come with the Sacramento Kings.