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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Kansas C Jeff Withey

Posted By Kevin Dillon On June 13, 2013 @ 9:40 am In General | No Comments

As part of WEEI.com’s coverage of the 2013 NBA draft, here is one in a series of profiles of players who could be available to the Celtics when they make their lone selection at No. 16.

Jeff Withey [3]

Jeff Withey, a 7-footer from Kansas, scored 13.7 points and averaged 3.9 blocks per game this past season. (AP)

JEFF WITHEY

Position: Center

School: Kansas

Age: 23

Height: 7 feet

Weight: 235 pounds

Achievements: All-Big 12 first team (2013), Consensus All-America second team (2013), NABC Defensive Player of the Year (2013), Big 12 Tournament Most Outstanding Player (2013), Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year (2013, 2012), Big 12 All-Defensive Team (2013, 2012)

Key 2012-13 stats: 13.7 points, 8.5 rebounds, 3.9 blocks

What he brings: Offensively, Withey is most effective when working without the ball, and scores most of his points following a pick and roll or a drive from a guard. According to Draft Express’ scouting report, Withey was the top player in college basketball at scoring efficiency in non-post up situations, with a 79 percent field goal percentage around the basket.

On the defensive end, Withey shines as a shot blocker, swatting 4.9 shots per 40 minutes during the 2012-13 season. However, he has to gain some weight and get stronger in preparation for facing up with the big men in the NBA.

Notes: Withey is a former volleyball player, which has helped him with timing his shot blocks. He was originally committed to Louisville [4], but switched his commitment to Arizona. When he didn’t see any playing time during his freshman season, he transferred to Kansas [5] and took over as a starter once twin brothers Markieff and Marcus Morris left for the NBA.

Recent articles:

Newsday: Jeff Withey, Allen Crabbe work out for Knicks [6]

NJ.com: Knicks draft watch: Both Knicks, Nets interested in Louisville’s Gorgui Dieng, Kansas’ Jeff Withey? [7]

Kansas City Star: Withey’s volleyball background was a building block  [8]

Video: Here’s a package of highlights [9] from Withey’s 2012-13 season.


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[4] originally committed to Louisville: http://www.cardchronicle.com/2007/6/6/72351/46357

[5] transferred to Kansas: http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/blog/_/name/katz_andy/id/3756696/arizona-gives-withey-release-transfer

[6] Newsday: Jeff Withey, Allen Crabbe work out for Knicks: http://www.newsday.com/sports/basketball/knicks/jeff-withey-allen-crabbe-work-out-for-knicks-1.5451652

[7] NJ.com: Knicks draft watch: Both Knicks, Nets interested in Louisville’s Gorgui Dieng, Kansas’ Jeff Withey?: http://www.nj.com/knicks/index.ssf/2013/06/knicks_draft_watch_both_knicks.html

[8] Kansas City Star: Withey’s volleyball background was a building block : http://www.kansascity.com/2012/03/29/3523496/witheys-volleyball-background.html

[9] Here’s a package of highlights: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7cEm0r0Y2M

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