Coaches check in on Whitman

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- 2013 power forward Jack Whitman made improvements to his game in the off season and it's starting to show on the court.

Jack Whitman is emerging as one of the best prospects in the 2013 class in the state of Kentucky.

A standout at Lexington (Ky.) Catholic, Whitman, a 6-foot-8 power forward, has developed his low post game and is Catholic's primary scoring option.

"I think it's going great," Whitman said of his junior season. "My confidence is really high and it's helping me play a lot better than last year."

Prior to his sophomore campaign, Whitman broke his wrist, causing him to miss the preseason and some games.

"Last year I didn't have much confidence when I got in and that didn't help me," he said. "This year with everything that is going and the attention has really brought my confidence up and really help me make shots."

"I worked really hard over the summer to get to where I am now," he added.

Whitman, who averages 23 points and 12 rebounds a game, said he likes to step outside and face up, but that his number has been called more this year to post up on the block.

"I really like to play outside, but this year I'm playing more inside because of what the team needs," Whitman told "Rebounding and scoring are my two main things and then defense."

Recently Vanderbilt head coach Kevin Stallings showed up at one of Catholic's practices to watch Whitman workout, while Tennessee saw him play last week.

"It's going great," he said of his recruitment. "I've been picking up a lot more interest lately."

Duquesne and James Madison have offered Whitman, while Georgia, Notre Dame, Stanford, William & Mary, Cornell, Army, Austin Peay and Cornell have expressed interest as well.

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