Jeff Withey has been much of an oversight over the course of his short college career thus far. Most of his news surrounds him transferring from Arizona before his freshman season and his limited impact since then. The 7-footer has played 200 minutes for the Jayhawks in two season, appearing in 41 games, averaging 2 points and 1.5 rebounds in his brief action. Needless to say, it was quite a surprise when Withey led a shorthanded Kansas team to a 29-point win over Pittsburg State in the exhibition opener, recording a triple-double with 18 points, 12 rebounds and 10 blocks.
Granted it was just an exhibition game and it was against a Division II program that finished 13-13 a year ago, with no one player standing over 6'6", Withey impressed with his size, agility and ability to dominate both ends of the court. Before we completely buy into the junior, we must state that Withey has very good upside at 7-feet with his length and surprisingly quick leaping abilities. He needs to show much more on the offensive end, including sealing off his defender in the post and finishing around the rim with contact.
This is hopefully one of many bright performances for the starting center Withey.