Decommitment could aid Wildcats

What has been an interesting recruiting season has gotten even more interesting. Arizona's quest for a big man may have gotten a boost when Jeff Withey decommitted from Louisville.

Scout.com national analyst Evan Daniels confirmed Withey's decision to reopen his recruitment and a source close to the recruitment echoed Daniels' report. Withey has not released an official list of schools but it is believed that the Wildcats will be among the schools he considered.

One source close to the recruitment indicated the fact that the Wildcats were the first schools to seriously pursue Withey is certainly a bonus, but that "they will have to work hard to land him".

Withey also trains with San Diego area personal trainer Trent Suzuki. Suzuki was the personal trainer for current Wildcats Chase Budinger and Alex Jacobson.

Withey was an AAU teammate of incoming Wildcats Jamelle Horne and Jerryd Bayless last summer on EBO and has been friends with fellow San Diegan Horne for a few years.

Last summer Horne told WildcatInsider that Withey was "ready to commit" to Ariozna and felt that the only thing holding him back was Withey's parent's wishes that he fully explore the recruiting process.

The center prospect has been to Tucson on a few occasions. He played with EBO at last year's Cactus Classic and attended the last two Arizona Elite Camps.

Withey's fall commitment to Louisville was seen as a bit of a surprise, but sources said that Withey wanted to get away from the West Coast and may have been targeting a system that takes advantage of low post players.

Several other programs including Kansas, Washington, Georgetown and Notre Dame were involved with Withey before his commitment to Louisville.

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