Witherspoon Set to Announce on Thursday

Guard J'Covan Brown has signed his Letter of Intent to play for Texas, but will he be the only member of the Rick Barnes' 2008 recruiting class? Wesley Witherspoon is set to announce where he's headed on Thursday. The 6-foot-7 small forward is down to four schools and Texas is one of them.

Wesley Witherspoon is finally ready to announce where he will play basketball this season.

"I'm going to make my decision at a press conference on May 1st," said Witherspoon.

The 6-foot-7, 185-pound small forward from Lilburn, Ga. will hold a press conference at Berkman High School at the end of the school day on Thursday to make the announcement.

His final four: Texas, Colorado, Memphis and Virginia.

It's been a long and winding recruiting process for Witherspoon, proceeding past Signing Day, but it's no surprise. Witherspoon said back in November of 2007 that he would wait until May to make his decision and on May 1st he'll let the fans know.

The Lilburn athlete wanted to make sure he visited each of the schools on his list and over the past two months he wrapped up the last of his trips. The two most recent visits he wanted to make before Thursday were to Memphis and Colorado. His final one was to Memphis this past weekend and he enjoyed his trip, noting that the players hadn't let the National Championship loss discourage them.

"They're still in high spirits," Witherspoon told Scout.com. "I don't think there's anything in this world that could separate those guys."

Before that, Witherspoon went to Boulder to check out Colorado. He had a good time, but he mentioned that he was definitely not a fan of the weather up there. Colorado's a bit colder than he's used to in Linburn, Ga.

Back in early March both Witherspoon and his mother made the trip to Austin to meet with Rick Barnes and check out the Texas basketball program. Barnes has remained in contact with Witherspoon and the Horns are very much in the running for the talented forward.

So, what is it going to come down to for the four-star athlete?

"It's really just going to come down to where I fit in the best," said Witherspoon.

Check out his highlight video from the NIKE Peach Jam:

As you can see from the video, one of Witherspoon's greatest assets is his speed. He's a forward, but he has no issues with driving the lane and will aggressively attack the rim.

He's got the height, hops and mentality to be a solid rebounder, averaging 10 boards a game his senior year at Berkmar, but he's equally as good at passing the ball. Playing out of the forward spot, he still averaged five assists per game as a senior and on the video you can see that he is not a ball-hog, by any stretch of the imagination.

Witherspoon is a four-star athlete and the No. 12-ranked small forward in the nation. He's No. 56 overall in the Class of 2008 and will be a fine addition to whichever team lands him.

Mark Collins and Evan Daniels contributed to this report.

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