Draft Profile

 

Jeff Withey, C, Kansas

After playing fewer than seven minutes per game his first two seasons at Kansas, Withey seized the opportunity his final two years to become the defensive anchor for Bill Self and the Jayhawks. He originally committed to Arizona out of Horizon High in San Diego, but transferred to Kansas during the fall of 2009. He is lean and a legit 7-foot-0. He’s instinctual as a shot blocker (3.5 or more in back-to-back seasons) and has decent touch around the basket. Still, he is older than most in his graduating class and will be 24 before the end of the 2013-14 regular season. His age combined with the time it took to develop is not an ideal combination, considering he is still considered a project at center. That said, he turned himself into one of the best defensive bigs in college basketball last season and could maintain that in the NBA as he builds muscle mass. He is projected as late first-round pick by most mock drafts, but Hoops Hype has him just outside of round one.

“If there was a shot-blocking drill where the goal was to block as many shots as possible without fouling the shooter, Withey would walk away with the prize handily,” Chad Ford of ESPN wrote. “Alas, the focus on offense probably won't speak to Withey's strengths at the combine. Big men rarely have their stock helped or hurt at the combine -- his real tests will come in workouts against Gorgui Dieng, Steven Adams, Rudy Gobert and Mason Plumlee.”

Pre-Draft measurements and results, according to NBA.com:

Height w/o Shoes

6' 10.75"

Wingspan

7' 2"

Standing Reach

9' 2.5"

Body Fat

8.7

Standing Leap

26.5

Max Leap

29.0

 

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