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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Jeff Withey named to preseason all-Big 12; Elijah Johnson honorable mention

Kansas center Jeff Withey pumps his fist after a Jayhawk bucket to end the half against Ohio State during the first half on Saturday, March 31, 2012 at the Superdome.

Kansas center Jeff Withey pumps his fist after a Jayhawk bucket to end the half against Ohio State during the first half on Saturday, March 31, 2012 at the Superdome.

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Kansas senior center Jeff Withey was a unanimous selection to the preseason all-Big 12 team, the conference announced Thursday.

Withey, a 7-foot center from San Diego, was the Big 12 defensive player of the year last season and set a Big 12 record with 140 blocks a year ago.

“This is a great honor,” Withey said. “We have a lot of guys on this team that could have easily been in that category. The Big 12 is one of the best conferences in the nation. It is only preseason and hopefully I will be in the same position at the end of the year.”

Also, KU senior guard Elijah Johnson was named all-Big 12 honorable mention.

2012-13 Preseason All-Big 12 Team

Pierre Jackson, Baylor

Jeff Withey, Kansas

Rodney McGruder, Kansas State

Le'Bryan Nash, Oklahoma State

Myck Kabongo, Texas

Honorable Mention (listed alphabetically by school):

Isaiah Austin, Baylor; Elijah Johnson, Kansas; Romero Osby and Steven Pledger, Oklahoma; Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State; Sheldon McClellan, Texas.

Preseason Player of the Year

Pierre Jackson, Baylor

Preseason Newcomer of the Year

Amath M'Baye, Oklahoma

Preseason Freshman of the Year

Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State

Comments

Gary McCullough 1 year, 6 months ago

Marcus Smart over Perry Ellis for Freshman of the Year?

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hotrodm 1 year, 6 months ago

I will cheer for MIZ-ZOU over Kentucky. I can't believe I am saying this, but does anyone else agree.

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Alohahawk 1 year, 6 months ago

The first dominoes fell today, with the Harrison twins choosing Kenstinky. No real surprise. I would imagine Maryland will now go all out for Peters. Randle may wait till Spring, but I'd guess it's about 85% he'll join the twins, as he has hinted a few times before. That might nudge Gordon a little more into KU's corner, unless the reverse happened and Gordon chose Kenstinky before Randle. Then, Randle might re-evaluate where the best chance for playing time would be. Dominoes could still split a number of ways.

I'm still 'all in' for Selden and Gordon, with Shepherd or Embiid as the third.

BTW, does anyone know how Embiid pronounces his last name? Is it "M Be Eed"? "M Be iid"? "Em Bide"? (Or for fun sake: "I'm Bad", meaning he'll be really good?)

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REHawk 1 year, 6 months ago

To Perry Ellis, BenMac, and Travis Releford, I say Do not take to heart any unintentional slights from Big 12 prognosticators. Last season, very few national evaluators who follow the sport faithfully predicted that the Jayhawks had the lineup to play in the NCAA title game, and come within a few defensive stops of bringing home the crown. Come November, step out on the hardwood to prove that, once again, the oracles of the sport come up short when evaluating the Bill Self program and players.

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REHawk 1 year, 6 months ago

Joel Embiid, please take a good look at Jeff Withey's journey thru Division 1 basketball. No doubt in the minds of most Jayhawk supporters that Jeff made the best of all possible moves, transferring to the KU coaching/training program. Jeff has gone from a skinny 7' kid with lots of potential (in both hoops and volleyball) to a Big 12 stud who appears to be destined for 1st round NBA selection in June. He is on track to become one of the most memorable shotblockers in the history of the college game. You probably possess many of the same ingredients which have led Jeff Withey to an outstanding defensive performance in last year's NCAA Championship game. Commit to Jayhawk basketball, apply yourself diligently to improving your talents for 3 or 4 years, then walk away from an adoring fan base with a multimillion dollar offer to pursue the professional game.

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DDDHawk 1 year, 6 months ago

Congratulations, Jeff and Elijah! We are so proud of you both!

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Martin Rosenblum 1 year, 6 months ago

If there's a Pre-Season Coach of the Year........

Well, everybody knows who that should be every year!

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Troll_or_AntiTroll 1 year, 6 months ago

Is this a down year for the Big 12? The all-conference team seem weaker than normal.

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KGphoto 1 year, 6 months ago

Perry Ellis will quietly be in the mix for FOTY.

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phogphan2000 1 year, 6 months ago

Hopefully you will be Big12 POY at the end of the season Mr Withey! Either you or EJ that is.

Would BMac be considered for freshman of the year or newcomer? Either way, he's got a legit shot at it.

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clevelandjayhawker 1 year, 6 months ago

Is BMac eligible for newcomer or freshmen of the year?

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ParisHawk 1 year, 6 months ago

Winston Churchill said: "Some men are born great, some become great and some have greatness thrust upon them."

Jeff Withey is a prime example of how the second and third options work together at KU.

Jeff, congratulations for becoming great!

Coaches Self and Hudy, thanks again for being the twin thrusters!

P.S. According to Hudy's bio, she has trained 25 players into the NBA.

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clevelandjayhawker 1 year, 6 months ago

How long ago was it that Withey looked like he didnt belong in Div 1 basketball?

Same with the twins their freshmen years, they looked lost, then 2 years later they are NBA lottery picks.

I hope we are able to continue the trend with Manning going to tulsa. And for those not listed- let this fuel the fire that is already burning. Rock Chalk

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Tony Bandle 1 year, 6 months ago

ATTENTION ALL HIGH SCHOOL BIG MEN!!!! Do any of you think he did this on his own?? Openings now available at BIGMANU. Be Selfed, Hudyed and Drafted for the BIG SHOW!!!!

Congrats to both you guys!!

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Justin Daniel 1 year, 6 months ago

Myck Kabongo over EJ??? Really?

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Priest Fontaine 1 year, 6 months ago

So excited to see Jeff out there getting-Withey-with-it! Hopefully Hudy has packed some more muscle on his frame and has continued to work with him on his vertical. God I wish I was young and 7 feet tall!

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