Washpun, a point guard from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was enrolled at UT and attending classes on Thursday, but he is still awaiting final NCAA certification, according to UT associate sports information director Tom Satkowiak.
Satkowiak confirmed that 6-foot-10 freshman signee Yemi Makanjuola also is enrolled in classes and has been declared eligible.
Martin, who is in China serving as an assistant coach for the U.S. Men’s Junior National team through Monday, said last week that Washpun and Makanjuola took summer course work to ensure their eligibility.
The players have yet to be added to Tennessee’s roster on its website, but Satkowiak explained that is a technicality, and both players are expected to be added to the roster early next week.
Student-athletes have 21 days from the start of the semester to receive NCAA eligibility clearance, and Satkowiak said the Vols are hopeful to get news on Washpun’s eligibility “by the middle of next week.’’
The Vols’ other incoming signees include freshman Quinton Chievous (6-5, guard/forward), freshman Josh Richardson (6-6, guard/forward) and junior college transfer Dwight Miller (6-8, power forward).
While Richardson has been projected as a wing, Martin has said Richardson also is capable of playing point guard.
UT returns two players with point guard experience: sophomore Trae Golden, who’s expected to start, and junior shooting guard Skylar McBee, who has limited experience at the position.
The Vols, who also have a point guard in freshman walk-on Brandon Lopez, are tentatively scheduled to begin individual workouts on Wednesday.
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