Withey is a bouncy center with great wingspan with great shot blocking timing. His best attribute on the next level will be clogging the paint and blocking shots. As a Center, Withey has above average athletic ability, can run the floor, and is a quick jumper.
Size-wise, there are not many players in the draft with as nice of a height/standing-reach combination. However, Withey also possesses major concerns in the fact that at age 23, he only weighs 225 lbs. which is rail thin for his height. Will Withey be strong enough to hold the paint down and does his shot-blocking ability give him enough of an opportunity to make an impact in the NBA?
There are no reported issues with Withey and he is reported to being an outstanding citizen.
Basketball IQ and Will to Want It
Withey blocked almost 4 shots a game with limited foul trouble. It is hard to pull off blocking near 4 shots a game in a major conference without having a high basketball IQ. Withey understands defensive angles, how to time his block attempts, and had the leaping ability/wingspan to consistently make a defensive impact.
While Withey is not likely to will his team to a win with his scoring or any offensive output, he makes a tremendous defensive impact with his shot-blocking ability. When making a big play, he gets very passionate and fires up the crowd. He's a hard-worker and a passionate basketball player.
Honestly, outside of being a rangy athlete, an occasional jumper, and tremendous shot-blocking ability, there is not much skill to his game. Withey uses his great understanding of the game in making sure to protect the paint and uses great timing in deflecting big-time shots without getting in foul trouble.
While a tremendous shot-blocker, Withey occasionally brings his arms down when blocking shots which might be concern at the NBA level. Can he block shots with some of his technique while having limited weight. Also, what will Withey do when being used on pick-and-rolls. While a solid athlete, Withey can easily be taken off the dribble on switches.
Will the team that picks him know how to utilize his shot-blocking ability while covering up his flaws? While his rebounding rate was solid at Kansas, it stills leaves something to be desired.
Offensively, there is not much there. He is not strong enough to post-up, will not be able to set solid screens with his limited base, and is a mechanical player. However, he improved his mid range jumper and with continued development may draw opposing centers from the hoop with it. While not a great passer, he does make basic passes and can help set-up others.
Will he be strong enough to finish at the NBA level even though he was a tremendous finisher at the college level?
Overall, I think Withey looks like a nice back-up center at the next level. I do think he has a solid understanding of the game and will be able to use that understanding to make an impact at blocking shots at the next level in spurts. He'd fit in best with a solid basketball team that has quality players around him which allows him to fill a back up center niche without high expectations.
How does he fit with the Bulls?
Withey would be a solid addition to the Bulls who could desperately use a backup center. Stating this, I would rather draft a player such as Tim Hardaway Jr. or Gorgui Dieng because I feel they have more upside and potential to play more minutes on our team. While I would prefer someone else, I would rather have Withey than a player such as Mason Plumlee that seems like a solid back-up without any real impact, or a very raw player that might take a few years to play at this level.
My impressions of Withey is that he will be a solid pick for any team that drafts him late lottery on. He will not be a threat offensively other than running the floor and occasionally hitting a mid-range jumper. He is not strong enough right now to post up NBA Players. Also, he is going to get pushed around on the block, but at least has enough smarts and wing-span to deter some players. However, his shot-blocking ability is elite and can be effective in spurts.