IRVING, Texas – Kansas seniors Jeff Withey and Elijah Johnson have been named to the men’s basketball 2012-13 Preseason All-Big 12 Team in a vote by the conference coaches, the league announced Thursday.
Withey was a unanimous all-league team selection, while Johnson earned honorable mention recognition by the conference coaches.
“This is a great honor,” Withey said. “We have a lot of guys on this team that could have easily been in that category. The Big 12 is one of the best conferences in the nation. It is only preseason and hopefully I will be in the same position at the end of the year.”
Withey was the 2012 Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year who set the Kansas and Big 12 single-season blocked shots record with 140 last season. An All-Big 12 Third Team selection as a junior. Withey averaged 9.0 points and 6.3 rebounds for Kansas last season and shot a team-best 79.5 percent from the free throw line.
Johnson is Kansas’ leading returning scorer from 2011-12 when he averaged 10.2 points per game. Johnson led KU with 69 three-point field goals made and 55 steals his junior season.
Joining Withey on the Preseason All-Big 12 Team were Pierre Jackson (Baylor), Rodney McGruder (Kansas State), Le’Bryan Nash (Oklahoma State) and Myck Kabongo (Texas). Withey, McGruder and Nash were all unanimous selections.