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Jeff Withey

  • Full Name: Jeff Withey
  • Position: Center
  • Height/Weight: 7-1 / 222
  • Birthdate: March 7, 1990
  • College: Kansas
Portland Trail Blazers (Traded to New Orleans Pelicans in post-draft trade) Round 2: Pick 39
 

Strengths
- Legit NBA center size
- Big-time shot blocker/disrupter
- Face-up jump shot becoming a weapon
- Good rebounder

Weaknesses
- Some scouts question his ceiling
- Low-post scoring skills need polishing
- Has to get stronger

NBA projection
Most mock drafts list Withey as a late first-round pick. In evaluating a prospect, NBA teams have to decide whether he has a next-level skill. And there’s no question Withey does. He’s a shot-blocker disrupter that can have a nice career, if he does nothing else, providing off-the-bench defensive work in the paint.

2012-13 Season
Withey closed out his career with his best season, earning consensus second-team All-American and NABC Co-Defensive Player of the Year honors. He was also the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year and a first-team all-conference pick. He broke his own Big 12 and school record for blocked shots (146). Withey, a three-time Big 12 Player of the Week honoree, led the league and was second nationally in blocks.

Key statistics
13.7 ppg | 8.5 rpg | 0.9 apg | 1.9 tpg | 3.9 bpg | 30.9 mpg | .582 FG | .714 FT

Cool statistic
Withey is the Big 12 and Kansas career blocked shot leader (312).

Reminds me of...
Joel Przybilla

What Insiders Say
Kansas guard Naadir Tharpe
“It’s like the Lil’ Wayne song, ‘No Worries.’ Jeff is going to be there for you if your man beats you. He’s been consistent the whole year.”

What Outsiders Say
West Virginia coach Bob Huggins
“He makes it hard for everybody to score inside. He is the best shot-blocker in the country.

-- Profile by Chris Dortch, editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. Follow him @cdortch.