Jan Vesely was the sixth overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, but has struggled to become a regular part of the Washington Wizards' rotation.
"It's going to be my third season. It's time to break [through]," Vesely said after the Wizards' final summer league game Friday. "I was working hard last month, and I have a long summer in front of me. I'm really looking forward to playing for the national team and getting ready before training camp starts. I'm really looking forward to this summer and next season to play."
"He's got to play with confidence," Randy Wittman said during one Wizards game on NBA TV last week. "He's got great length, great size, speed. Defensively, he gets in the passing lanes. [But] he's got to believe in himself. Coming from overseas, he had never played this caliber of basketball before. I think he's gone through a couple of situations early on where he doesn't believe in himself. Let me tell you what: You can be the best basketball player, but if you don't have confidence, you aren't going to be worth a crap."
"Seeing it in practice is one thing, but seeing it in a game, putting it in a game, is another," Vesely said. "I felt good this week. Like I said, it helped me a lot with the confidence. But still, I have a lot of work to do."
Vesely will compete in the EuroBasket this September for the Czech Republic.