Official: Withey, to Bilbao Basket

An intimidating 2.13 pivot to shield the area. He has more than 200 NBA games defending the Pelicans (2013-15), Utah Jazz (2015-17) and Mavericks (2017-18) jerseys.


Bilbao Basket confirmed a signing that had already been known for days. The American center Jeff Withey (San Diego, 2,13 and 31 years old) arrives, after signing for one season. In collaboration with the Dominican Delgado, he will shield the area with his intimidating ability and his defensive virtues, as well as his great instinct for rebounding. The Californian player, who was chosen by the Portland Trail Blazers in position 39 of the 2013 draft, has an experience of more than 200 NBA games defending the shirts of New Orleans Pelicans (2013/2015), Utah Jazz (2015/2017) o Dallas Mavericks (2017/2018) .

After his career in the United States, he crossed the pond to live brief experiences in Tofaş Bursa or in the Greek Lavrio during the 18-19 season. In the 19-20 season, he signed with Ironi Ness Ziona, with whom he averaged excellent 13.8 points, 10.7 rebounds, 2.6 blocks and a PIR of 24 in the Israeli Super League. His last experience has been in South Korea with the Goyang Orion Orions jersey.

The 'five' had a great impact in the NCAA with the University of Kansas, getting to be elected together with Oladipo best defensive player of the year by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) in 2013. Year in which he also managed to be included in the second best quintet of the competition.

Bilbao Basket's sports director, Rafa Pueyo, defines it this way: "Jeff Withey is an experienced center who must provide us with his defensive and intimidating skills. He has been a specialist in this facet of the game since his university stage and has maintained as a professional. In addition, he is a good rebounder that will help us control our defensive rebound. In attack he is a good player in pick and roll situations and in short shots and also in the rebound. We hope that his presence will make us be strong in painting ”.

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