Jayhawks Get Their Withey Christmas

It's certainly been an interesting six months of so for Jeff Withey. A highly regarded center prospect from the class of 2008, the center had expected that he'd be halfway through his freshman year at Arizona at this point. Instead, Lute Olson made the decision to retire and Withey elected to redshirt and transfer at semester.

Wednesday morning, Jeff Withey made his decision and he’ll be a Kansas Jayhawk.

“This morning I went ahead and committed to Kansas,” Withey told Phog.Net. “I’ve been watching them a lot lately. I like their style of play and I think that I can help them out this year.”

“I know that all I can do is practice, but I think I can help prepare the guys until I’m ready to play next year.”

Having visited Kansas unofficially for Late Night in the Phog during October of his junior year, Withey has long been familiar with the Jayhawks and their staff. That familiarity played a big role in his decision to transfer to Kansas.

“I feel like they really wanted to have me there,” said Withey. “I’ve visited before and I really like the school and the program.”

Because of his decision to redshirt this year, Withey will gain eligibility upon the completion of the 2009 Fall semester. At that point he’ll have three and a half years of eligibility remaining and he feels like a big weight has been lifted off of his shoulders after a pretty tumultuous six month span.

“It’s definitely been a rollercoaster ride,” said Withey of his time at Arizona and decision to transfer. “You can’t really control a lot of it and you’ve just got to make the best of it. That’s what I’m doing with this transfer to Kansas.”

Citing head coach Bill Self and assistants Kurtis Townsend and Danny Manning as major factors in his decision, Withey thinks that the Kansas staff can prepare him for the next level. Now, he’s just ready to settle down in Lawrence and show the Kansas coaches and fans what he’s capable of.

“I’m definitely a center or power forward that can run,” said Withey of his game. “I think I can take it down low and just post up a bit. But, I’m also a guy who can take you off the dribble and a jumper if it’s there. Defensively, I think I’m a guy who can block shots and I’m always looking to run the floor and dunk everything around the rim.”

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