Withey shines in McKale pick-up

Jeff Withey is in Tucson taking an unofficial visit with the Wildcats. Part of his trip included a pick-up game at McKale on Thursday night.

Star attraction Jeff Withey did not disappoint a small, but loyal contingent of Wildcat faithful during pickup action featuring the entire UA men's basketball roster sans Mohamed Tangara.

Withey, a 6-11 center from Horizon High School in Dan Diego, immediately made his presence felt in the afternoon's second game with a baseline spin move past Kirk Walters accentuated by a dunk. That was about the extent of Withey's damage in the opener as he missed his next three shots. Walters countered with a jump hook two possessions later to even the one-on-one match-up.

Much of the remainder of Withey's first game was spent watching incoming freshman Jarryd Bayless match acrobatics with sophomore-to-be Chase Budinger. Budinger drained a pair of jumpers while Bayless connected from three-point range and had the play of the day with a streaking dunk off a fastbreak where he left from outside the key midway between the baseline and foul line.

Budinger and Withey made for a formidable pair in the following game. The All-American candidate used superior athleticism to get to the lane and dish to Withey, almost always in the right spot. Withey responded with a pair of uncontested dunks. He also scored off an offensive rebound and drained a 12-footer on the right side over Walters.

In just a short amount of action, Withey illustrated why he's such a sought-after commodity. While thin, understandable for a player his age and size, he is very fluid and springy and possesses an array of inside moves in addition to showing confidence with his mid-range jumper.

In another pickup note, Walters tweaked his right ankle during a fastbreak. He sat out the remainder of the game and left the court gingerly, but under his own power, shortly thereafter.

Other Pick-Up Observations

*Walters appears to be in pretty good shape. He's put on some of the weight he lost while battling the effects of mono.

*Nic Wise is in terrific shape. He's leaned up a little, while keeping plenty of muscle tone.

*Zane Johnson did not overwhelm but did show the ability to knock down the open jumper, a key component of his game.

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