New Orleans, La. - The New Orleans Pelicans announced Tuesday that they have signed rookie second-round pick Jeff Withey. The contract's terms were not released, per club policy.
The 7ft 235lb center, who was drafted 39th overall by the Portland Trail Blazers, was acquired by New Orleans in a three-team trade that sent Greivis Vasquez to the Sacramento Kings and Robin Lopez to the Trail Blazers. The Pelicans also received former Rookie of the Year guard/forward Tyreke Evans from Sacramento as part of the trade. Withey was a member of the Pelicans Summer League team and led the squad with 1.50 blocks per game.
Withey finished his four-year career at Kansas as the KU and Big 12 all-time leader in blocked shots with 312. He was earned Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year honors during his junior and senior years at Kansas (2012 and 2013).
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