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Tennessee's 2011 Signees
Player, Position, Ht./Wt., School/Town
Chris Jones, G, 5-10/180, Various/Memphis
Wes Washpun, PG, 6-1, 170, Washington High/Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Cuonzo Martin has a lot of teaching to do in his first year as coach of the Tennessee men's basketball program, and that's one reason why he's excited about signing point guard Wes Washpun.
“He's a student of the game and someone who plays with great competitiveness,'' Martin said in a statement released by UT on Thursday morning. “I'm excited about what Wes can bring to the program.
“He's a quick, athletic guard who knows how to run a team.''
Washpun, 6-foot-1 and 170 pounds, is from Washington High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He signed with the Vols on Wednesday, but Martin wasn't able to comment on his signing until after UT processed his paperwork Thursday morning.
Washpun earned first-team Class 4A all-state honors, averaging 18 points, 5.4 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 3.7 steals and 2.1 blocked shots per game. His 92 steals in 26 games this season represented a new school record.
The spring signing period began Wednesday and runs through May 18.
The Vols have one other signee in the Class of 2011, guard Chris Jones of Melrose High School in Memphis. Jones is a 5-10 guard ranked 39th nationally by Rivals.com.
UT has also offered a scholarship to Josh Richardson, a 6-5 combo guard out of Santa Fe High in Edmond, Okla., who is Rivals' No. 121 overall player. Richardson is expected to make an official visit to UT Friday and Saturday.
The Vols are still recruiting one-time signee Kevin Ware, of Rockdale County High in Conyers, Ga. Ware, a 6-5 wing ranked No. 56 nationally by Rivals, is tentatively scheduled to visit UT on Sunday.
According to a story on the Atlanta Journal-Constitution website, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, Louisville, Georgetown and UCLA all have interest in signing Ware and may visit him.
Martin can not make an in-home visit to Ware because the Vols have used up their NCAA-allotted three off-campus contacts.
“We may have to go up there on an unofficial visit,'' Ware's father, Wesley Junior, said on the ajc.com website. “If meeting coach Martin in Tennessee is something that Kevin wants to do, then we'll make the ride there so he can get a good feel for everything.''
UT freshman wing Jordan McRae, a former AAU teammate with Ware, said he has called his good friend to encourage him to play for the Vols.