Tennessee Offers Washpun

New Tennessee Coach Cuonzo Martin stepped forward with an offer for 2011 PG Wes Washpun from Cedar Rapids Washington. The senior talks about the Vols and his visit to Iowa on Thursday.

A good week got a whole lot better on Friday for Wes Washpun. The Cedar Rapids Washington point guard added a Tennessee scholarship offer to the one he received on Tuesday from Iowa.

"Coach (Cuonzo) Martin called me today and said he wanted me at Tennessee," Washpun said. "He said I'm his guy and if Tennessee were my choice that it would be great."

Martin, who recently was hired at Tennessee to replace the fired Bruce Pearl, offered Washpun a scholarship, his first, at his last school, Missouri State. Former Hawkeye, Paul Lusk, has since re-offered that ride to the athletic guard after replacing Martin in Springfield.

"This definitely impacts things," Washpun said of the Tennessee offer. "I'm still sticking with my timetable of making my decision on Wednesday (when the late signing period begins). I'm not going to alter that, but this definitely makes an impact."

Washpun has decided not to visit Tennessee before making his decision.

"We talked about that today," he said. "I know pretty much the whole staff (from when they were at Missouri State). Coach Martin said there's really not going to be anything down there that's different other than a bigger arena. He didn't want me to come all the way down there just to see a bigger arena."

The next step for Washpun, he said, is to eliminate one school at a time. In addition to Iowa, Tennessee and Missouri State, he also holds an offer from and has visited North Dakota State.

"I'll sit down with my family to start to eliminate schools," Washpun said. "I'll also talk with my high school coach and my AAU coach and ask them where I fit best; what system fits me best. They've coached me and know what's best for me."

After Iowa offered a scholarship on Tuesday, they brought Washpun in for an unofficial visit on Thursday.

"It was nice," Washpun said. "It was more of a meeting visit. We sat down in Coach McCaffery's office and he told us how I fit into his system and what he had planned for me next year."

Washpun liked what he heard from the coach.

"He talked to me about how I would fit with Bryce (Cartwright)," Washpun said. "He said there would be times when I'm at the one and Bryce is at the two and times when Bryce would be at the one and I'd be at the two. It would depend on how things shook down.

"He told me I'd have a chance to play, though. He said I would have every opportunity to prove myself."


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