Lexington Catholic standout Jack Whitman picks William & Mary

mfields@herald-leader.comSeptember 18, 2012 

Lexington Catholic senior Jack Whitman has committed to play college basketball at William & Mary, a Division I school in Williamsburg, Va.

"I had a really good relationship with the coaches, I really felt comfortable with the campus and everything they're doing there, and I wanted to be part of it," said Whitman, who chose William & Mary over Bucknell, Princeton and Rice.

He also had scholarship offers from 11 other schools.

The 6-foot-9 Whitman averaged 19.8 points and 10 rebounds last season and earned first-team all-state honors.

"Jack's best basketball is ahead of him, no question about it," Knights Coach Brandon Salsman said. "How he's developed from when he was a sophomore to now is unreal. He's got tremendous ability. He's like a sponge ... he just keeps soaking it up.

"I think he'll have a great year this year, and a great college career."

Salsman said academics played a big part in Whitman's decision.

"He's got a brother (Will Whitman) who was a freshman All-American in football at Harvard last year. Their family makes sure they're going to be set academically."

Mike Fields: (859) 231-3337. Twitter: @MikeFieldsNotes. Blog: fieldsnotes.bloginky.com

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