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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Jeff Withey named Oscar Robertson national player of the week

Kansas' Jeff Withey ties the score at 30-30 with his 17th point in the first half during the Jayhawks' game against the Baylor Bears on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012 at Baylor.

Kansas' Jeff Withey ties the score at 30-30 with his 17th point in the first half during the Jayhawks' game against the Baylor Bears on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012 at Baylor.

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Kansas center Jeff Withey has been named the Oscar Robertson national player of the week, the United States Basketball Writers Association announced Tuesday.

Withey, a 7-foot center from San Diego, Calif., averaged 21.5 points, 12.5 rebounds and five blocks in KU's victories over Baylor and Oklahoma State last week.

Withey is the second Jayhawk to pick up the weekly honor this season, as KU's Thomas Robinson also won the award on Dec. 11.

KU is the only school to have two players win the national award this season.

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AsadZ 2 years, 2 months ago

Any one of Traylor, Peters, Young, or Lucas could become the goto guy off the bench. I'm willing to bet Wesley's PT days are numbered. Merv will likely red shirt. One of the other backups might, but I'm not sure who you'd ask to. Young and Traylor are automatically out.

You are not clear and contradicting on Traylor. Traylor will most likely be first BIG off the bench if Withey stays simply because he would have significant practice time under his belt, something Self believes strongly. Also, I am optimistic on Wesley for the same reason, experience.

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Konkis Dongington III 2 years, 2 months ago

Everybody needs to calm down a bit. No matter how Withey finished the season, he's not going to the NBA at the end of the year. On the whole, Darnell Jackson was a much better player than Withey but was drafted very late in the second round. Withey would be lucky to get that far despite having a few very good games. Now if he can have games like that against Mizzou and Baylor (should we meet again) or in tournament games against the likes of UNC, Duke, Cuse, MSU, OSU, etc, then maybe, but three games just isn't going to convince the NBA scouts. Put them on notice, sure, but that's it.

As for next year's class/rotation, I'm willing to bet that the back court rotation is resolved fairly quickly. EJ is the obvious PG, Relly, the obvious 3. I bet BMac begins the season as the two, but that could still wind up with White or Rio there. Realistically, though, I think Tharpe, White, and Rio will be in a battle for first guard off the bench. I doubt any one of the guards will redshirt for next year, but if one did, it would be White or Rio.

For the bigs, Withey and Ellis will be there to begin the season. Ellis could shift to the 3 if he proves to be a good enough shooter from mid/long range. I think you'll see a lot of different looks at the backup 4/5 spot though. Any one of Traylor, Peters, Young, or Lucas could become the goto guy off the bench. I'm willing to bet Wesley's PT days are numbered. Merv will likely red shirt. One of the other backups might, but I'm not sure who you'd ask to. Young and Traylor are automatically out. Peters might, but he's always a flight risk if he thinks he could have a better career on the football team. Lucas could, but if Ellis shifts to the 3, Self might want the flexibility of having another option there.

Of course, there's still the potential that Sampson, Parker, or Muhammad commits. The last two I think are long and longer shots, but Sampson should be a realistic get. Any one of those guys would change the complexion of the rotation completely.

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Jason Wilson 2 years, 2 months ago

I don't know if its been mentioned yet, but I believe Withey is on pace to break Aldrich's block record

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Mel Clare 2 years, 2 months ago

Noels was reclassified into the 2012 class. He bolted to the top spot and plays center at 6'10...........does Self have his sights on him if Withey bolts? Or does he stand pat with the bigs he has already committed?

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jayhawkintx1973 2 years, 2 months ago

I'd have to say that if Kansas plays into at least the Elite 8 in the tourney, Bill Self is the most deserving as the unanimous selection for National Coach of the Year in all publications.

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Kye Clark 2 years, 2 months ago

I wish Withey all the success in the world, and if he leaves early I won't hate (like some fans do). That being said, we really need him back next year! Aside from the obvious production he gives us in games, think about all the new kids and how they'll be at such a disadvantage if Withey leaves, compared to past bigs. Every big to come through here (at least during the Self era) has had someone in front of him to go up against in practice. Big Dub, Sasha, DJax, Julian, Shady, Cole, The Morri, TRob, and now Withey. All had the older big there to kick his butt everyday in practice. Are we really excited about entrusting that responsibility to Wesley & KY? Thank gawd Jamari's practicing now and hopefully taking his beatings from TRob & Withey like a man!

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Mike Kendall 2 years, 2 months ago

It would help if Jeff Withey stayed one more year. Having said that, if he keeps improving, his NBA stock will continue to rise and Self will tell him to go pro. Congrats, Jeff. You are the most improved player on the team. You make T-Rob play better and you continue to amaze me. Keep it going, big fella!

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Colin Fernandes 2 years, 2 months ago

Manning and the miracles, T-Rob and the terribles

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Shawn Otrimble 2 years, 2 months ago

After watching this team all year, I would have to say that Bill Self is the greatest coach that's ever coached at Kansas, And I would also say best current coach in college basketball.

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middleoftheroader 2 years, 2 months ago

Maybe someday they'll be called the Jeff Withey national player of the week.

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Janet Olin 2 years, 2 months ago

Great job, Jeff! Keep the intensity going!

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Janet Olin 2 years, 2 months ago

Great job, Jeff! Keep the intensity going!

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REHawk 2 years, 2 months ago

Congrats, Jeff. A whoppingly huge honor!

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Eric Bernauer 2 years, 2 months ago

I'm surprised anybody wants to relegate A. White to the bench so easily. Recently he made seven (freaking 7!) treys in a game. Oops, my error, that was one quarter! He scored all 21 of his teams points in the quarter. Of course I'm not so naive to believe starring in high school translates to starring in college, but isn't that true of every player we have ever recruited.

Wasn't it just last year many wrote off Withey, and now here we are singing his praises. I fully expect Jeff to be back next year with a solid summer at Camp Hudy. He lost a lot of weight/strength last year with his injury and it is very hard for an athlete of his build to regain when you expend so much energy running up and down the court at practice and at games. We'll be right back here next year singing his praises and how much his ten foot jumper, and his hook have improved. Isn't it great being a Jayhawk!?. .

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jc1306 2 years, 2 months ago

Everybody is sleeping on Peters impact next year. The guy could be the next Nick Collison, no kidding. He has skills (dribble, pass, shoot) and he's physically ready like he's a junior. The guy will be in the rotation with Withey, Ellis, Traylor at the 4/5 spot.

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Michael Pannacciulli 2 years, 2 months ago

Well fricken deserved. I am tuning in for his monster play, TRobs sick dunks, and TTs game changing play.

That and I am a die hard Jayhawk...

EJ is off...not sure what is going on there. He will get it right for tourney time. Releford - would like to see that scoring spree again man...help spread that defense even more.

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Jeeveshawk 2 years, 2 months ago

Andrea Hudy and Danny Manning are the one's responsible for Withey being so great.

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William Blake 2 years, 2 months ago

"They call me Mr. W!"

~ coming to a rim near you.

Congrats again, Mr. W! When you made the wild defensive play and ended up hustling and beating out everyone on the break for the slam I was screaming in celebration like a rabid animal! I hadn't been that excited about KU basketball since Chalmers hit the big 3 that sent us into overtime with Memphis!

You are a man possessed!

A++++++++++++

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Gil Ek 2 years, 2 months ago

Hope we don't see a transfer or two next year. Maybe a couple redshirts in the weight room for the following year. This has been an outstanding season to see a group grow together. What a coaching job by Self and Company.

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theroadking99 2 years, 2 months ago

Well done Withey!!! You earned it!!!!!

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jgkojak 2 years, 2 months ago

If Jeff goes in late first round - he may benefit from coming back and being the go-to guy- he's shown he can sustain even without Robinson in the line-up- he could make himself a lottery pick and NPOY candidate himself. I'd say its a draw what he does-

If Withey returns- WITHEY ELLIS RELEFORD MCLEMORE JOHNSON at point

That is one BIG line-up - similar to Kentucky this year- with 3 freakishly gifted athletes (Johnson, Mclemore and Ellis), a reliable senior (Releford) to calm things down and Withey.

Off the bench: Traylor Tharpe Young Adams

White, Lucas, Peters and Wesley play mop-up.

5 spots at the 1,2,3 and there are 6 "other" options (besides Ellis): Tharpe, AAdams, EJohnson, Releford, McLemore, AWhite.

3 1/2 spots at the 4,5 and there are 5 "other" options (besides Ellis): KYoung, Peters, Traylor, Lucas, Wesley

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Tony Bandle 2 years, 2 months ago

How ironic would it be if, besides Tyshawn and TRob, as expected, Jeff also gets swooped up by the NBA after this season.

Couple that with a Big 12 Championship and a deep NCAA run this year and suddenly 2011-2012 becomes the championship season and 2012-2013 becomes the rebuilding season!!

My one hope for landing Shabazz;

You step into the point guard position teamed with senior starters at the 2, 3 and 5, plus two high ranked redshirts plus a Mac All-American at the 4 plus a load of new talent and the show is yours!!!

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jhawkrulz 2 years, 2 months ago

The comment was made that Withey was introduced personally to every step in Allen Field House after the Missouri Game.

Let's introduce some other players to the steps to see what happens.

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Cantkeepagooddudedown 2 years, 2 months ago

I'm thinking Withey has a good chance to make it 2 in a row

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jaybate 2 years, 2 months ago

Thomas and Tyshawn deserve a lot of credit for Jeff's progress. They have added him to the inner circle of the team. Tyshawn initiated this, but Thomas seems the decisive difference. Thomas finally had to realize what the punishment was going to be like, if Jeff stayed merely a supporting actor, instead of part of the triumvirate. Tyshawn is leading the team beautifully. But Thomas is the big daddy that had finally to team with Jeff inside. It has been a beautiful thing to watch. Shortly now, Thomas is going to run wild, because opponents are going to have to scheme against Jeff. Look out.

Next fix do Tyshawn to engineer is EJ. We need EJ more comfortable on offence. The trey shooting is no longer the issue. He's not even moving like himself. Maybe back injury, or something?

Quantum T, work some partner magic on your running mate.

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Joe Joseph 2 years, 2 months ago

one-more-year!

Seriously, though. What if Withey bolts? Ouch!

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Brandon Pope 2 years, 2 months ago

WitheyBeingWithey

GettingWitheyWithIt

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CardHawkFan 2 years, 2 months ago

Withey said, "Don't you bring that weak tot action!"

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JManTheChamp 2 years, 2 months ago

Withey for POY. What! The media started talking about Davis from UK after his block party. Smh

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Alex Berger 2 years, 2 months ago

If only we had production off the bench...

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Tony Bandle 2 years, 2 months ago

To quote Flounder from Animal House....

"Boy, oh, boy, oh, boy,,,this is great!!!!!!!

The block statistic is a problem because there appears to be room for interpretation by the scorer.

A shot that is totally altered is an easy call, but a shot that is altered to the extent it becomes a miss, is still, by definition, a block, but a lot of officials either don't see it or refuse to recognize it....especially for a visiting player.

I guarantee, if that game had been in Allen, Jeff would have gotten a more correct block total of 12 or so.

Parker, Noel, Randle...take note young men.....the Self/Hudy/Manning Triangle will make you a star!!!!!

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2 years, 2 months ago

Well deserved, and well done Mr. Withey! Congratulations to you, your coaches, and your teammates.

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newmedia 2 years, 2 months ago

Congratulations Jeff!

Rock Chalk

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Kent Wells 2 years, 2 months ago

He be the galactical player of the week if he was getting credit for all his blocks!

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Micah Mandy Haase 2 years, 2 months ago

Man if this wasn't a rebuilding year I would be excited!!!

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Micah Mandy Haase 2 years, 2 months ago

Man if this wasn't a rebuilding year I would be excited!!!

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