Source: University of Kansas Athletics
June 21, 2013
Weight: 222 lbs
Points Per Game: 13.7
Rebounds Per Game: 8.5
Assists Per Game: 0.9
Steals Per Game: 0.8
Blocks Per Game: 3.9
Turnovers Per Game: 2.o
Overview: A seven-footer who is active around the basket, especially on the defensive end with a strong shot-blocking presence... Solid post moves with the ability to step out and bury a jumper... A transfer from Arizona who became eligible following the fall 2009 semester.
Senior Season (2012-13): USBWA All-America Second Team... Big 12 Championship MOP... Sporting News All-America Second Team... Wooden Award Final Ballot... All-Big 12 First Team... Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year... Averaging 16.5 ppg and 11.5 rpg in the NCAA Tournament after his 16 points and 16 rebounds vs. UNC (3/24)... Scored 17 points and had blocked seven shots vs. WKU (3/22)... Averaged 13.3 ppg and 6.3 rpg at the Big 12 Championship... Is 49-for-71 (69.0 percent) from the field in his last nine games... Big 12 Player of the Week (2/25, 2/18, 12/3)... Broke own school and Big 12 single-season blocked shots record, currently at 141... KU's and the Big 12's career blocked shots record holder with 306... Leads the Big 12 with 3.9 blocks per game, which is second nationally... Also ranks in the Big 12 leaders in scoring (ninth, 13.8), rebounding (second, 8.5), FG Pct. (second, 58.3) and FT Pct. (12th, 71.4).
Junior Season (2011-12): Started all 39 games for the Jayhawks in 2011-12... Averaged 24.8 minutes, nine points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.6 blocks per game... Led the Big 12 in blocks and ranked in the top 10 nationally... Set an NCAA Tournament record for most blocks in a single tournament with 31 rejections and was named to the Midwest Region All-Tournament Team... Scored a career-high 25 points at Baylor (2/8) and pulled down a career-high 20 rebounds versus Oklahoma State (2/11)... Named Big 12 Player of the Week after his performances against Baylor and OSU... Withey was named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year... He scored 10 or more points during 18 games on the season and blocked three or more shots in 22 of the 39 games... He shot 60 percent or better from the field in 18 of the 39 games... He also led the team in free throw shooting at 79.5 percent... Played 32 minutes in the National Championship versus Kentucky and had five points, seven rebounds, four blocked shots and two steals.
Sophomore Season (2010-11):In his first full season at Kansas, played in 26 games and earned one start... Averaged 6.2 minutes per game for the Jayhawks, playing 10 or more minutes in six games... Scored 2.3 points and collected 1.8 rebounds per game... Notched career highs in both rebounds and blocked shots against Ohio (11/26), collecting eight boards and four blocks in 15 minutes... Shot 64.7 percent on 22-of-34 shooting from the field... Twice scored a career-high eight points, against Longwood (11/12) and against Iowa State (2/12).
Freshman Season (2009-10):Became eligible following the fall semester due to transfer rules... Appeared in 15 games and averaged 3.0 minutes, 1.3 points and 1.4 rebounds... Pulled down a career-high six rebounds and scored four points against Nebraska (2/6)... Best game of the season came at Iowa State (1/23) where he set career highs in minutes with 12 and points with eight on 4-of-6 shooting... Also had five rebounds at ISU.
Off the Court: Full name is Jeffree David Withey... Born in San Diego, Calif... Son of Debbie and Mike Withey... Parents attended San Diego State University... Has one older sister, Michelle, who played volleyball at Oral Roberts University (2003)... Has a brother, Chris, who is a firefighter in San Diego... Majoring in communication studies.
Career Honors: 2011-12: Midwest Region All-Tournament Team... AP All-Big 12 Honorable Mention... Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year... All-Big 12 Third Team... Big 12 All-Defensive Team... Oscar Robertson (USBWA) National Player of the Week (2/14)... Phillips 66 Big 12 Player of the Week (2/13).
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