Withey Back Off Market

Jeff Withey was only a free agent for a few weeks. The 7-foot rising senior, who had been committed to Louisville, is now back off the board. The San Diego native has chosen to play in the Pac-10.

Jeff Withey wasn't a free agent for long.

The 7-foot, 225-pound San Diego Horizon High (Calif.) rising senior, who de-committed from Louisville earlier this month, gave Arizona coach Lute Olson and the Wildcats a verbal pledge on Monday morning – after taking a visit to Tucson late last week.

``They were the first ones to ever recruit me," Withey said. "The first day I was ever allowed to get a call, Coach Olson called me. I've been to Tucson five times and this time I met Coach (Kevin) O'Neill."

``I realized it was the best place for me," he added. "Arizona can get me ready for the pros the quickest and they will make sure I stay there for 10 years. I think they're going to make me become a better player."

Withey said the reason he opted out of his commitment to Louisville was purely because of distance.

``My grandmother lives at home and I wanted her and the rest of my family to see me play," Withey said. "I didn't think about my family when I committed to Louisville and now that I'm getting older, I realize how much my family is to me."

Withey's commitment gives Arizona four pledges for the Class of 2008: top-rated point guard Brandon Jennings, athletic forward Emmanuel Negedu and in-state guard Branden Lavender.


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