Kansas center Jeff Withey (5) battles for the ball with Chattanooga forward Drazen Zlovaric (20) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Lawrence, Kan., Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
Withey Selected for Big 12 Men’s Basketball Weekly Honor
IRVING, Texas – Kansas center Jeff Withey has been named the Phillips 66 Big 12 Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for games of Nov. 26 - Dec. 2. The honor is voted on by a media panel which covers Big 12 men’s basketball.
Withey helped Kansas to a 2-0 week with wins over San Jose State (70-57) and Oregon State (84-78). The San Diego, Calif., senior recorded the 13th triple-double in Big 12 history and just the second official one in Kansas history with 16 points, 12 rebounds and 12 blocked shots versus SJSU. It was the first triple-double in historic Allen Fieldhouse. The 12 rejections were a Big 12 and school single-game record.
For the week, he averaged 16.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 7.5 blocks while shooting 70 percent (14-of-20) from the field. Withey has five career outings with eight or more blocked shots. This is the second career Big 12 Player of the Week honor for Withey. He also was named Feb. 13 of last season.
Withey’s honor gives Kansas back-to-back Big 12 Player of the Week recognition. Last week KU senior guard Travis Releford won the award.
Kansas (6-1) plays host to former Big Seven, Big Eight and Big 12 member Colorado (6-1) on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 1 p.m. on ESPN2. Kansas is ranked No. 10 nationally in the Nov. 26 polls, while Colorado is No. 19. Note: new polls will be out later today (Dec. 3).