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.