"Family comes first"

In just a few days a lot of speculation has been thrown Jeff Withey's way. Ever since he de-committed from Louisville people have pondered why the talented big man has put himself back on the market. The real reason may be less convoluted than many might figured.

In the end, family comes first for the San Diego center. When Withey first committed to the Cardinals, the plan was for his family to relocate to Kentucky to be close Jeff. Recent events have made the move not possible. His mother was still planning on moving closer, but Withey did not want to split up the family.

As he thought more and more about it, he wasn't sure Louisville was the place for him.

"I was thinking about it (decommitting) for a little while," Withey said. "Eventually I realized enough was enough. I knew it was the right move for me."

The Cardinals are still in the picture, but right now it looks like he will probably stay on the West Coast.

"Family comes first," Withey noted.

As of now UCLA, Arizona and Washington seem to be the top choices for Withey, but he is exploring his options. Although a lot can change, Withey seems intent on taking his time before making a decision the second time around.

By Wednesday night he had already spoken with coaches from UCLA and Arizona. A possible unofficial visit to Tucson could also be in the works, although Withey has been to Tucson on a few occasions, including two appearances at the Arizona Advanced Skills Camp.

"They (Arizona) were the first to recruit me and offer," Withey said. "It was good to talk to the Arizona coaches."

Many assume that his relationship with San Diego trainer Trent Sazuki played a role in his decommitting and could give the Wildcats a leg up. Both Withey and Suzuki dispelled those notions.

"Just because two of my clients wound up at Arizona does not mean Jeff will," Suzuki said.

Suzuki trained both Chase Budinger and future Cat Alex Jacobson.

In addition to training Withey, Suzuki is handling all of the media requests for the top-50 players but the decision will be Withey's.

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