"Jeff is one of those kids that is kind of laid-back," Self said with a smile. "I don't think he realizes how important he is to us sometimes."
It's become evident in the NCAA tournament.
Withey nearly set the single-game record by swatting 10 shots against North Carolina State last weekend, and then came up with two critical blocks in the closing minutes to help Kansas slip by North Carolina and reach the Final Four for the first time since winning the 2008 title.
"This tournament is an awesome opportunity for a lot of people that didn't have a chance to show their skills during the regular season to have a chance," Withey said. "There are a lot of great guys playing and to be able to go against guys like that makes me more excited to play."