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#KU50: Also 24 Jeff Withey

Still just 24 days until Kansas basketball!

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When you have a massive brain fart and forget one of KU’s best big men of all time for no reason other than you just scrolled past his name, you have to improvise. Withey maybe doesn’t belong quite this high given that he really only had two seasons in a KU uniform, but he was so good in those two seasons that I think he deserves to be in this area.

An Arizona transfer, Withey sat behind the Morris twins and Thomas Robinson in his first year at Kansas. Still, with a 12.5 percent block percentage, you could see that he had a lot of ability as a defender.

And boy did he show it. As a junior, Withey led the nation in block percentage, and almost won the 2012 national title game by himself, limiting Anthony Davis to just one field goal, which was a foot on the line jumper.

As a senior, Withey ranked 5th nationally in block percentage, but he also totally improved as an offensive player. He scored mostly on put backs and easy layups as a junior, but as a senior Kansas dumped it to him in the post a little more often and let him create his own offense a bit. He responded by finishing 3rd in the Big 12 in effective field goal percentage.

Withey’s legacy will be as a defender, though. He’s the only Jayhawk with 100 blocks in a season twice (except Wilt I’m sure), and he’s the Jayhawks all time blocked shots leader by roughly 50 blocks despite playing just two years in Lawrence.