April 14, 2011
Tennessee basketball coach Cuonzo Martin announced Thursday that guard Wes Washpun of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend the University of Tennessee and play for the Volunteers beginning with the 2011-12 season. Washpun plans to enroll at Tennessee this summer.
"I'm excited about what Wes can bring to the program," Martin said. "He's a quick, athletic guard who knows how to run a team. He's a student of the game and someone who plays with great competitiveness."
A 6-1, 170-pound point guard at Washington High School, Washpun earned first-team Class 4A All-State honors from the Iowa Newspaper Association this season after averaging 18 points, 5.4 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 3.7 steals and 2.1 blocked shots per game. He also set the school's single-season steals record (92).
"My relationship with coach Martin was definitely a big factor in choosing Tennessee," Washpun said. "Coach Martin started recruiting me late last year and we hit it off right away. He always stayed in touch with me--even when he got to Tennessee--so I figured that was the man I wanted to play for.
"I definitely know the Tennessee fans are passionate about basketball, and they take their sports very seriously down there. I've already gotten a ton of friend requests on Facebook. It's going to be a great environment and a lot of fun."
Washpun was coached at Washington High School by Brad Metzger. The Warriors went 17-9 this season and advanced to the Class 4A quarterfinals, where Washpun scored a team-high 23 points.
On the AAU circuit, Washpun played for the Iowa Barnstormers.
Washpun is the second member of Tennessee's signing class, joining guard Chris Jones of Memphis. Jones signed with UT during the early signing period last November.