Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Former Arizona center Jeff Withey will transfer to Kansas.
The 7-feet, 225-pound Withey visited Kansas as a recruit but chose to play for Arizona and legendary coach Lute Olson instead. When Olson opted to retire in October, Withey decided to leave. He notified Kansas head coach Bill Self of his decision on Sunday but waited until after Arizona beat Kansas 84-67 to announce.
“I talked to my family, and we all sat down and looked at all the options,” Withey told the Kansas-City Star. “At the end of the day, we realized that Kansas is the best fit for me. I’ve been watching them on TV, and I just feel like I can come in and help them out next year. I can go into practice and play against Cole (Aldrich) and the (Morris) twins and help them out, and they’ll help me out. It’s a really good situation for me.”
Withey will begin taking classes in January but won’t be able to suit up until second semester next year, when he will be a redshirt freshman. Kansas also has recruits Elijah Johnson and Thomas Robinson coming in, putting the Jayhawks at 14 scholarships next year unless another player transfers or leaves the program.
That could have an impact on the recruitment of Brooklyn Lincoln star Lance Stephenson, who has been scouted by Self and his assistants several times already this year.
**Jeff Goodman has the updated transfer list on his blog and it includes Casiem Drummond to Marist from Villanova, Christian Morris from Rutgers to Norfolk State and Jamie Skeen from Wake Forest to VCU.
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.