Kansas basketball: Top ten Jayhawks of the decade

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7. Jeff Withey, Kansas basketball 2009-2013

Jeff Withey originally committed and enrolled at Arizona; however, he transferred to Kansas before the first semester of his freshman season. Withey didn’t receive a great deal of playing time until his junior season though.

He started for the Jayhawks in his junior year, helping take the Jayhawks to the national title game against Kentucky. Withey blocked a total of 31 shots in the 2012 NCAA tournament, which is a record that still stands.

In his senior season, Withey really shined. He averaged 13.7 points and 8.5 rebounds per game, and also made history when he recorded a triple-double against San Jose State. Withey finished that game against the Spartans with 16 points, 12 rebounds, and 12 blocked shots. It’s the second triple-double in Kansas basketball history, which is surprising given Wilt Chamberlain‘s skillset.

Withey was named back-to-back defensive player of the year in the Big 12 in the 2012 and 2013 seasons. He was named first-team All-Big 12 in his senior season, in addition to being a finalist for the Wooden Award and consensus second-team All-American.

Jeff Withey was selected by the Portland Trail Blazers with the 39th pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. He’s currently playing professional basketball overseas.