Patience is a virtue that is in short supply among most college players, particularly those who were heavily sought-after coming out of high school. So it's always nice to see when a player who hasn't had instant success waits his turn then takes advantage of the opportunity to become a star.
Thomas Robinson and Jeff Withey combined for three total starts in their Kansas Jayhawks careers prior to this season. Both played behind future NBA first-round picks Cole Aldrich, Markieff Morris and Marcus Morris, and while they certainly improved by playing against those guys in practice, few knew what those younger players were capable of.
When this past season ended, Robinson, a consensus first-team All-American, and Withey had become two key components to the Jayhawks' great run to the national title game. Robinson will be an NBA lottery pick in June, and Withey has a chance to be one a year from now.
Who are some players who will step out of the shadows and become stars next season? Here is my list of a few guys who are capable of having major impacts on their teams and on college basketball in 2012-2013:
The 6-foot-9 McAdoo went from Dec. 19 to March 9 without a double-figure scoring game for the Tar Heels, and he didn't enjoy a double-figure rebounding game all season. This was, in part, I noticed, because of a serious adjustment to the physicality of the college game. In fact, the thought of him being an NBA first-round selection seemed premature for much of the season, even though he was in numerous mock draft scenarios.
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