Elijah Johnson and Jeff Withey were named to the All-Big 12 Preseason team on Thursday afternoon. The two are both seniors. Withey was an unanimous pick, while Johnson was named to the honorable mention list.
Last season, Withey was named the 2012 All-Big 12 defensive player of the year. He set a Big 12 conference record with 140 blocked shots. The center averaged nine points and six rebounds per contest along with the gaudy defensive numbers. Withey was a huge reason why Kansas caught fire down the stretch en route to the NCAA title game.
Johnson is the Jayhawks top returning scorer at 10 points per game. He led Kansas with 69 three-point field goals from last year, and totaled 55 steals. The starting point guard is expected to do more of the same for Kansas this year.
The duo along with guard Trevor Releford are the Jayhawks returning starters from last years team. Kansas posted a 32-7 record during the season before cruising to the final four and title game.
Pierre Jackson from Baylor, Rodney McGruder at Kansas State, Le’Bryan Nash (Oklahoma State, and Myck Kabango (Texas) were also named to the Preseason team.
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