Perhaps it was not a huge surprise. Kansas senior center Jeff Withey was selected Big 12 player of the week on Monday, a reward for recording the second official triple-double in KU history and averaging 16.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 7.5 blocks in two victories.
It was the second Big 12 weekly honor of Withey's career — and the second straight week a Kansas senior took home the award. Senior guard Travis Releford was selected the Big 12's top player last week.
Withey’s selection comes nearly seven days after the most productive game of his career. He finished with 16 points, 12 rebounds and 12 blocks in a 70-57 victory over San Jose State last Monday at Allen Fieldhouse. The 12 blocks set a school single-game record; Withey had shared the old mark of 10 with former KU center Cole Aldrich.
Withey, a 7-footer, also joined Aldrich as the only players in KU history to record an official triple-double. It was the 13th triple-double in Big 12 history. Withey followed up the performance with 17 points, five rebounds and three blocks in a victory over Oregon State at the Sprint Center in Kansas City on Friday night.
An All-Big 12 preseason pick, Withey is averaging 14.6 points and 8.1 rebounds while leading the country with 5.7 blocks per game.
Iowa State senior guard Will Clyburn, a transfer from Utah, was selected the Big 12 rookie of the week.