Jeff Withey backs out of commitment

Jeff Withey, a Scout.com Top 100 prospect, reopened his recruitment Tuesday. A former Louisville commit, the 6-foot-11 Withey is back on the recruiting market. InsideTheVille.com has the latest.

Jeff Withey reopened his recruitment Tuesday. A former Louisville commit, the 6-foot-11 Withey is back on the recruiting market.

Scout.com analyst Evan Daniels confirmed Withey's decision to reopen his recruitment Tuesday night.

Withey's decision seemingly came out of the blue. His mother, Debbie, had recently told InsideTheVille.com that her son was eager to play for Rick Pitino at Louisville after graduating from San Diego's Horizon High next year.

"He really is looking forward to being coached by Coach Pitino and he values his guidance," Debbie Withey informed InsideTheVille.com May 10. "Jeff's top priority is to be ready to contribute once he gets to Louisville."

Withey just recently recovered from a broken hand and returned to action last weekend at the Pangos Camp in Los Angeles, California. He played well, earning solid reviews from Scout.com analysts Evan Daniels and Greg Hicks and was also named to the camps Top 20 All-Star contest.

Earlier this spring, Withey began working out with renowned California trainer Trent Suzuki. Suzuki also served as the personal trainer for current Arizona standout forward Chase Budinger and 2007 Wildcat signee Alex Jacobson. On Suzuki's website, he lists former Arizona stars Richard Jefferson and Luke Walton as 'professional clients.' Suzuki, a graduate of UCLA, is also a close associate of former Arizona guard Steve Kerr.

According to a source who attended the Pangos camp last weekend, Suzuki was in attendance and watched the action with Withey's parents from the stands.

An Arizona-affiliated website first reported Withey's de-commitment from Louisville Tuesday evening and the Wildcats are believed to be a prime contender for the Scout.com Top 100 prospect.

Before verbally committing to Louisville last fall, Withey also considered Arizona, Kansas, Washington, Georgetown and Notre Dame.


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