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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.
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 , but switched his commitment to Arizona. When he didn’t see any playing time during his freshman season, he transferred to Kansas  and took over as a starter once twin brothers Markieff and Marcus Morris left for the NBA.
Video: Here’s a package of highlights  from Withey’s 2012-13 season.
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 originally committed to Louisville: http://www.cardchronicle.com/2007/6/6/72351/46357
 transferred to Kansas: http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/blog/_/name/katz_andy/id/3756696/arizona-gives-withey-release-transfer
 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
 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
 Kansas City Star: Withey’s volleyball background was a building block : http://www.kansascity.com/2012/03/29/3523496/witheys-volleyball-background.html
 Here’s a package of highlights: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7cEm0r0Y2M
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