Withey Named Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week

Feb. 14, 2012

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Junior Jeff Withey has been selected as the Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week, chosen by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association, it was announced Tuesday morning. The USBWA’s weekly honor is presented by Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook and will be handed out each Tuesday through Feb. 21 this season.

As the Big 12 Conference Player of the Week, Withey was nominated for the weekly award, which was chosen by a representative of the USBWA board of directors from a list of Division I conference players of the week.

Withey, a 7-0 center from San Diego, Calif., began the week with a career-best 25 points to go along with five rebounds and three blocks in a 68-54 win at No. 8 Baylor. He made 8-of-10 shots from the floor in the game.

He then grabbed a career-high 20 rebounds in an 81-66 win over Oklahoma State while scoring 18 points and adding seven blocks. Withey is just the second Big 12 player to collect at least 20 rebounds in a game this season, with the other being junior teammate Thomas Robinson. For the week, Withey shot 60.9 percent from the field and .789 from the free-throw line.

For the season, Withey is averaging 9.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.4 blocks per game. His 3.4 blocks per game rank first in the Big 12 and seventh nationally. He ranks second on KU’s team with six double-doubles and was one block shy of a triple-double on two different occasions this season.

Withey is the second Kansas player to be named the Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week this season. Thomas Robinson earned the honor during the week of Dec. 11, 2011. Kansas is the only school this season to have more than one player receive the weekly honor.

This is the third season that the USBWA has selected a national player of the week. The weekly Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week will be considered for the Oscar Robertson Trophy, which will be presented to the National Player of the Year on March 30.