Washpun Waiting

Cedar Rapids Washington point guard Wes Washpun's recruitment moved slowly for quite some time. Things are picking up, though.

Cedar Rapids Washington point guard Wes Washpun says patience is a strength of his. That's a good thing.

The Class of 2011 product is in a holding pattern as colleges like Iowa and Tennessee are asking him to wait for a scholarship offer. He reports offers from Missouri State and North Dakota State.

"I'm just taking it step by step and call by call," the 6-foot floor general said. "When the time comes, I'm just going to sit down with my family and make a decision by signing day or before."

Washpun told me he couldn't say why he was so confident in that timetable for his decision. I asked him if there were things he couldn't say on the record.

"Yes," he said with a chuckle.

A source close to the situation told me earlier in the day that Iowa and Tennessee had offered scholarships to Washpun.

Iowa Coach Fran McCaffery has been talking to Washpun for several months. The point guard just qualified academically and he said that's what was holding schools back from offering him a scholarship.

"I talked to Coach Fran (Monday) night," Washpun said. "He talked to me about Cully (Payne, who announced he was leaving Iowa on Tuesday). He gave me the shakedown on what was going on down there and wants me to come down for a visit on Thursday."

New Tennessee Coach Cuonzo Martin called Washpun on Saturday night and said he would be getting back to the guard early this week. Martin offered Washpun a scholarship at his previous school, Missouri State.

"He said he's still going over what he has there and meeting with their recruits and then he'd let me know this week where they were at," Washpun said.

Former Hawkeye Paul Lusk replaced Martin at Missouri State and called Washpun shortly after taking the position. Lusk had been an assistant at Purdue.

"He told me the offer stands and he'd love to have me," Washpun said. "He said he needs a point guard. He offered to come up to Cedar Rapids and sit down with me and my family to talk about things. That meant a lot."

Washpun recently visited North Dakota State.

"That was great," he said. "I really like the coaching staff. I think they have a good plan for me up there."

Fellow Class of '11 guard from Cedar Rapids Washington signed to play with Iowa in November.

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