Jeff Withey Picked by Portland Trail Blazers: Scouting Report and Analysis

Daniel O'Brien@@DanielO_BRFeatured ColumnistJune 27, 2013

Feb 06, 2013; Fort Worth, TX, USA; Kansas Jayhawks center Jeff Withey (5) grabs a rebound during the game against the TCU Horned Frogs at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.  TCU won 62-55. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

With the 39th pick of the 2013 NBA draft, the Portland Trail Blazers selected Jeff Withey from University of Kansas.  

Here's everything you need to know about Withey:

Physical Tools

Bleacher Report NBA Draft Lead Writer Jonathan Wasserman breaks down Withey's physical attributes:

Withey isn't much of an athlete, but he's coordinated and 7'0''. He also has a 7'2'' wingspan, which the NBA guys love.

Though only 222 pounds, Withey uses every ounce of it to gain better position inside. Since he's not much of an athlete or shot-creator, the closer to the hoop he gets, the more comfortable he becomes.

 

Getting to Know Jeff Withey  

Withey has been through all the wars of college hoops, and he's been a part of several different lineups and game plans. That experience has helped him gradually learn how to be consistent, and he knows that consistency will be one of his biggest assets in the Association.

 

NBA Player Comparison

The best-case NBA player comparison for Withey is a less explosive Tyson Chandler, plus a mid-range jumper.

His basement looks a lot like a hybrid of Greg Stiemsma and Timofey Mozgov.

 

Pro Predictions

Withey's home in the NBA lies as a role player.

He simply lacks the athleticism and a diverse scoring repertoire to compete with starting centers on a nightly basis. However, he'll be a rock-solid reserve who will protect the rim without fouling, and he won't be a black hole offensively.

In the short term, Withey will aim to prove he can hang with NBA athletes long enough to give the front line a breather. Once he successfully does so, he could see around 15 minutes per game.

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