Washpun Chooses Tennessee

April 10, 2011

Written by Jon Miller

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In what may come as a surprise to many Iowa basketball fans, Wes Washpun of Cedar Rapids Washington has verbally committed to Tennessee and their new coach Cuonzo Martin.

Martin had offered Washpun a scholarship while he was the coach at Missouri State in recent months, so their relationship has been in play for some time as you can read in this commitment story linked here.

Iowa got into the mix for Washpun late in the game.

Had Iowa landed Cezar Guerrero, they may not have offered Washpun.  However, the recent departure by Cully Payne, missing out on Guerrero and the uncertainty if they will get a verbal from other points guards they have been recruiting longer made them feel like offering Washpun was a good ‘insurance policy’ in this class.

By all accounts, Washpun has a lot of work to do on the offensive end, but he is a solid defender and a very good athlete, whose quickness at point guard could overcome a multitude of shooting sins.  You can become a better shooter, but you are either quick or you are not.

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This stings a little bit right now and might sting a bit more if Iowa does not get a verbal commitment from the other point guards they are looking at in this class.  If they enter the 2011-2012 season without a point guard in this class, it will mean Devyn Marble will have to log minutes at that position next year, which might curtail his growth on the wing, which is his true position.

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I don’t want this to read like a ‘we didn’t want him anyway’ write up, because the Iowa staff felt Washpun could serve a role for this program next year with upside beyond.  The role next year was to play six or seven minutes per game to give Bryce Cartwright a breather and so Devyn Marble didn’t have to play minutes at the point.

We’ll know in few weeks how significant a loss this turns out to be.

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