Waiting on Withey

Jeff Withey made an unofficial to Tucson over the weekend. While he has been to Tucson on a number of occasions, this trip takes on a greater meaning as Withey is trying to choose a school by the end of the summer.

Since Withey de-committed from Louisville earlier this month, Arizona has thought to be the favorite but Withey has never publicly stated that fact. With ties to Wildcat players Chase Budinger, Jamelle Horne and Alex Jacobson many have felt that the Cats would be tough to beat.

At this stage Withey is not prepared to list a favorite, only stating that he prefers to stay close to his San Diego home due to family reasons. Although he never ruled out re-committing to Louisville the distance from California and the recent commitment of Samardo Samuels to the Cardinal.

Although Withey has attended both of the Arizona elite camps, this was an opportunity for him to see more of the town and community.

"I didn't see this much of the campus in the past," Withey said. "I liked it a lot."

Although he has known the Wildcat coaching staff since his freshman year at Horizon High School, it was a great chance for Withey and his family to really sit down with the staff and talk about the school. It was also his first chance to meet the newest member of the staff.

"I've known the coaches since freshman year, but really haven't talked to all of them in over a year," Withey said. "I also got to meet Coach (Kevin) O'Neil."

Withey admitted that he liked Coach O'Neil, and has always liked the Wildcat coaching staff.

The big man got into town late Wednesday night and played pick-up with the current players on Thursday and Friday. Withey more than held his own with the college players, showing off his great athleticism.

Withey said he is considering the same teams as before, which included UCLA, Washington and Arizona. He did not have timetable for a decision, although personal trainer Trent Suzuki, who is handling media interest in Withey, said there was a possibility that news could come out as soon as this week. Withey is a Scout.com four-star prospect and the sixth best center in the nation and the top center on West Coast.

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