Jeffree David Withey (born March 7, 1990) is an American professional basketball player for the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the University of Kansas where he became known for his shot-blocking ability and his defensive presence. [2] He was drafted 39th overall in the 2013 NBA draft by the Portland Trail Blazers. [3]

High school career

Withey led Horizon High School to the state Division IV title in his sophomore season (2006) [4] and he graduated in the class of 2008. [5] In the game preceding the state championship game, Withey and his teammates had to face a San Joaquin Memorial High School team in the Southern California Regional Championship game that featured three seniors who were future NBA players, Robin & Brook Lopez and Quincy Pondexter. In a dramatic double-overtime game, Withey and his teammates overcame the San Joaquin squad and went on to win the title in the following game. [6]

In his senior season he averaged 20.8 points, 13.0 rebounds, and 7.3 blocked shots per game.

Considered a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, Withey was listed as the No. 8 center and the No. 36 player in the nation in 2008.

College career

Arizona (2008)

Withey had originally committed to play for Louisville, but switched his commitment to Arizona. Following the resignation of Lute Olson in October of Withey's freshman season, he decided to transfer from Arizona. He did not see any playing time for the Wildcats during his semester of the 2008–09 season.

Kansas (2009–2013)

Withey transferred to Kansas in January 2009, but was ineligible to play until the end of the 2009 fall semester due to the NCAA transfer rules requiring him to sit out a year. He initially saw limited playing time during the second half of the 2009–10 season and the 2010-11 season, playing behind Cole Aldrich and the Morris twins.

In his junior year, after twin brothers Marcus and Markieff Morris left for the NBA draft, he became a starter, [9] playing for the 2011–12 squad which lost to Kentucky in the NCAA championship game. Withey blocked 31 shots in the 2012 tournament, breaking Joakim Noah's tournament record of 29. [55] During the 2011-12 season, he was named Big 12 defensive player of the year and set a Big 12 record with 140 blocks for the season. [11]

2012–13 season

On October 4, 2012, Withey was named to the Preseason all-Big 12 unanimously. [11]

On December 3, 2012, Withey was named Big 12 Player of the Week. To earn the honor, he scored a triple-double against San Jose State Spartans on November 26. In that game, Withey scored 16 points, grabbed 12 rebounds, and blocked 12 shots, for the second triple-double in KU history. [12] On February 18, 2013, Withey was named Big 12 Co-Player of the Week. He had double-doubles against both Kansas State Wildcats and Texas Longhorns. He also made his 265th blocked shot to set a new Big 12 record for career blocked shots. [13]

Withey finished his senior year of college by averaging 13.7 points, 8.5 rebounds and 3.9 blocks. [14]

On March 10, 2013, he was named defensive player of the year in the Big 12 for 2012–13 and he was named first team All Big 12. [15] On March 11, 2013, Withey was named 2nd Team All-American by The Sporting News. [16] On March 31, 2013, Withey was accorded third-team All-American mention by the Associated Press. [17]

On April 5, 2013, the National Association of Basketball Coaches named Withey the co-National Defensive Player of the Year.

College statistics

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2009–10 Kansas 15 3.0 .538 .556 1.4 0 .1 .4 1.3
2010–11 Kansas 26 6.2 .647 .515 1.8 .2 .2 .7 2.3
2011–12 Kansas 39 39 24.8 .536 .795 6.3 0.7 0.6 3.6 9.0
2012–13 Kansas 37 37 30.9 .582 1.000 .714 8.5 0.9 0.8 3.9 13.7

Professional career

New Orleans Pelicans (2013–2015)

Withey was selected with the 39th overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft by the Portland Trail Blazers. [3] He was traded to the New Orleans Pelicans in a three-team trade involving the Trail Blazers and the Sacramento Kings on July 10, 2013. [18] In two seasons for the Pelicans, he averaged 3.0 points and 2.3 rebounds in 95 games.

Utah Jazz (2015–2017)

On August 24, 2015, Withey signed with the Utah Jazz. [19] On December 28, 2015, he recorded a season-high 11 points and a career-high 12 rebounds as a starter in a 95–91 win over the Philadelphia 76ers. [20]

Dallas Mavericks (2017–present)

On August 21, 2017, Withey signed a one-year deal with the Dallas Mavericks. [24]

NBA career statistics

Legend
GP Games played GS Games started MPG Minutes per game
FG% Field goal percentage 3P% 3-point field goal percentage FT% Free throw percentage
RPG Rebounds per game APG Assists per game SPG Steals per game
BPG Blocks per game PPG Points per game Bold Career high

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2013–14 New Orleans 58 4 11.8 .535 .000 .712 2.6 .4 .3 .9 3.3
2014–15 New Orleans 37 0 7.0 .500 .000 .680 1.7 .3 .1 .5 2.6
2015–16 Utah 51 10 12.9 .537 .000 .729 3.4 .4 .4 1.0 4.3
2016–17 Utah 51 1 8.5 .534 .000 .750 2.4 .1 .3 .6 2.9
Career 197 15 10.3 .531 .000 .717 2.6 .3 .3 .8 3.3

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2017 Utah 3 0 6.9 .500 .000 .500 1.3 .3 .3 .3 1.7
Career 3 0 6.9 .500 .000 .500 1.3 .3 .3 .3 1.7