Kansas senior center Jeff Withey has been named the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Co-Defensive Player of the Year, announced at the 2013 AT&T/NABC Guardians of the Game Awards Show in Atlanta. He shares the honor with Indiana junior guard Victor Oladipo.
The Most Outstanding Player of the 2013 Big 12 Championship, Withey led Kansas in rebounding at 8.5 boards per game to complement his 13.7-point scoring average. The 7-foot San Diego native broke his own Big 12 and Kansas single-season blocked shots record with 146 in 2012-13. Last season, Withey blocked 140 shots to set the school and league mark. The 2012 and 2013 Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, he is also the KU and Big 12 career blocked shots leader ending his tenure at KU with 312 all-time rejections. A three-time Big 12 Player of the Week this year, Withey led the Big 12 with 3.95 blocked shots per game, which ranks second nationally. He also set the KU and conference per game average mark for a season. Last week, Withey was named Consensus All-America Second Team along with KU redshirt freshman guard Ben McLemore.