We continue our look at possible Boston Celtics draft picks this summer and it is no secret that they could target size with their first round selection. If they are looking for more front-court depth, they can look no further than current Kansas Jayhawks center Jeff Withey. He is a monster, listed at 7’0 on the school’s web site. He is known as a dominant shot blocker and would give the Celtics the shot blocking presence they have often lacked in these past few seasons. When Kendrick Perkins was still wearing green, he was the complete opposite of a shot blocker. The Celtics haven’t had that type of guy in ages. Kevin Garnett is solid in that department, but he has so many other defensive responsibilities that he can’t focus all of his energy on blocking shots.
Withey is an interesting player. He was a five star recruit coming out of high school in the Southern California area and ultimately decided to leave the state and sign with the Arizona Wildcats. Playing time was hard to come by during his tenure in Tucson and ultimately he decided to transfer to Kansas and play for head coach Bill Self. That hasn’t been a poor decision on his end as he has gone from a no name back-up center to a star on one of the nation’s best teams.
Withey would be a nice pick-up for the Celtics if they are picking in the back end of the first round. He is a similar player to former Indiana Pacers center Jeff Foster. That certainly will not get Celtics fans jumping off of their feet, but he could still be a useful player in the NBA.
The Celtics will be very active this summer and a guy like Withey could interest them come June.
Rob Lunder covers the Boston Celtics for Rant Sports. For all Celtics news go to the team homepage on Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @rlunder18