Jeff Withey

Jeff Withey became something of a menace in the paint for opponents in four years at the University of Kansas.

The 6-foot-11 center, who was one of four prospects to work out for the Clippers Monday, blocked 3.8 shots per game his senior season and showed plenty of instinct as a help defender in his four years in Lawrence. But the workout process prior to the June 27 Draft has the lanky big man trying to show NBA personnel he can do more.

“I want people to see that I have a little bit of an offensive game,” Withey said. “I’ve been working a lot on my 15-foot jump shot and I feel pretty confident right now. I didn’t shoot the best today, in this workout, but overall I’m feeling pretty happy with it.”

Withey was asked to shoot those jumpers against forward Kenny Kadji (Miami) Monday. Guards Matthew Dellavedova (St. Mary’s) and Rodney McGruder (Kansas State) were also a part of the two-hour workout.

It is the second time this offseason the Clippers, who own the No. 25 pick in the Draft, have looked at big men. On Friday they brought in Mike Muscala, Colton Iverson, Brandon Davies and Grant Jerrett. This time it was Withey and Kadji.

Director of Basketball Operations Gerald Madkins said there are distinct types of big men the team is looking at. “It depends on what position. A center, someone who defends, is a shot blocker, a rebounder. If it’s a four, he’s got to stretch the floor and still has to rebound his position. He’s got to be big enough to be a power forward, but have perimeter skill.”

All six big men the Clippers have worked out fit some of those traits. Withey, who grew up in Claremont in San Diego County, seems to know that in order to gain ground in the eyes of NBA personnel he will need to display a wider range of offensive skill than he was asked to show in college.

“At Kansas we played an inside game, a high-low game, so we’re trying to nail everything in the paint. The perimeter guys are all camped out at the three,” Withey said. “That system works in college, but it’s different in the NBA. You play a lot of 1-on-1 and it’s a lot of pick-and-pop stuff.

“I’m definitely more of a team player. I’m not much of a 1-on-1 player. I get my points off screens and pick-and-pop [plays] more so than 1-on-1. Defensively, I’m not able to show my shot-blocking ability off the ball, my help defense and stuff like that. But I feel like these guys all know because they do their homework. I’m just trying to show stuff they haven’t seen before.”

Some of that was asked of him on Monday.

“Today was more about getting a lot of shots up, a lot of skill work and then 3-on-3 at the end,” Withey said. “This is one of the few places where I felt like they were actually coaching me through stuff. Usually, you just do a lot of playing. It was a lot of fun to get to know the coaches and see how they work and I learned some stuff out of it, too. So, it was good.”


Day 4 - June 17, 2013 

 Jeff Withey  Kenny Kadji  Matthew Dellavedova  Rodney McGruder