May 16, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Jeff Withey is interviewed during the NBA Draft combine at Harrison Street Athletics Facility. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

2013 NBA Draft: Portland Trail Blazers Select Jeff Withey 39th Overall

Mar 29, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Kansas Jayhawks center Jeff Withey (5) dunks the ball as he is defended by Michigan Wolverines forward Mitch McGary (4) and Glenn Robinson III (1) in the second half during the semifinals of the South regional of the 2013 NCAA Tournament at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Jeff Withey, the Big 12 career leader in blocked shots, is heading to the Portland Trail Blazers.

Portland selected Withey with the 9th (39th overall) pick in the second round. He joins Ben McLemore as the second Kansas Jayhawks player to be selected in the 2013 NBA Draft.

Here’s some of our profile on Withey:

It is all about the defense for Withey. The NABC Co-Defensive Player of the Year set all kinds of block record for the Kansas Jayhawks. He set the mark for blocks in a season for both Kansas and the Big 12 Conference with 146, breaking his own record of 140. He also set the Kansas and Big 12 record for blocks in a career at 312. Not only is Withey a terrific shot blocker, he blocks shots under control, keeping the ball in play, helping set up fast breaks. Withey is very good at help defense and he has good body control, rarely fouling on blocked shots. He is active and is a good free throw shooter. He can be a fiery and enthusiastic player.


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