Holton can do the same, too, and stands to benefit the same, if not in weight gained than in strength and conditioning because there are no game-related limitations to his workouts. When he's not in the weight room, he can spend time on skill development, important for a player who can stretch defenses with perimeter and 3-point shots.
Macon's case is different. He's not permitted to practice and wrist surgery has slowed the progress he could have made in the weight room.
Holton will enter next season with two seasons of eligibility. Macon will have four seasons. Jefferson returned to the active roster as a sophomore in the 2011-12 season with three seasons remaining. His playing time more than doubled to 10.5 minutes and he averaged 3.6 points and 2.6 rebounds. He also blocked 43 shots, the 10th-highest total in school history.
"I noticed little differences early on, but my teammates were the ones telling me they saw the big difference," Jefferson said. "Then going through things again every day in practice and getting to go through the games, I noticed my body and my game were different."
Jefferson made a big jump last season with 13.3 points, eight rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game. He led the Big 12 and ranked sixth nationally in field-goal percentage and nearly opted for the NBA Draft. He instead chose to return to Baylor and make the most of the senior year that had been set up years earlier.
Jefferson's numbers are similar this season - 13.1 points, 8.2 rebounds, 1.4 blocks per game and 52.4 percent shooting - but he's doubled his assists (22) from last season and is shooting 40 percent (8-for-20) from 3-point range. He had 14 assists and was 4-for-12 from 3-point range his first three seasons.
The Bears have won their last three games to get back into NCAA Tournament consideration and Jefferson has played his best the past two games, both overtime victories. Jefferson scored a season-high 25 points and pulled down 13 rebounds Monday against Oklahoma State after finishing with 21 points and 11 rebounds against Kansas State. He had one 20-point, 10-rebound game before that this season.
"As soon as the coaches came to be about redshirting, I wanted to do it," Jefferson said. "They didn't want to force anything on me and they asked me if I wanted to do it. Talking to them about it, I knew it was going to be tough and, for a little while, I didn't want to sit out. But I was coming off my freshman year when I didn't play too much and deep down I knew if I did do it, it would make me better in the long run."
Contact sportswriter Mike Casazza at mi...@dailymailwv.com or 304-319-1142. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/wvu.