Tennessee’s scholarship math works again.
Wes Washpun, in a move that had been anticipated, is leaving the UT basketball team to pursue more playing time elsewhere.
Coach Cuonzo Martin announced Monday that Washpun has been granted a release to transfer.
“We wish nothing but the best for Wes,” Martin said in a UT release. “He’s a high-character kid who comes from a good family. We all want to see him be successful.”
When Martin accepted a commitment from Atlanta-area guard Armani Moore last week, it was apparent someone would be leaving to free up a scholarship for the 2012-13 season.
Moore’s eventual signing would have put the Vols one over the NCAA allotment of 13 scholarships, assuming center Kenny Hall returns from suspension.
Based on playing time, Washpun was the most likely suspect to leave.
The 6-foot-1 backup point guard from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, appeared in 17 games as a freshman, most of them in the nonconference season.
He scored 16 points, the final two coming against Vanderbilt on Jan. 24. He did not leave the bench in UT’s final nine games.
Washpun played double-digit minutes in 10 games, but only once when SEC play began. He lost his backup point guard role to a rotation of Josh Richardson, Skylar McBee and Cameron Tatum.
Washpun, a three-star recruit, was Martin’s first commitment after he got the job last March. Their relationship began when Martin was recruiting Washpun for Missouri State.
After being hired by UT, Martin extended an offer and Washpun accepted without ever seeing the campus.
The lefty is athletic, with a 41-inch vertical, but was small (163 pounds) and limited offensively.
He shot 28.6 percent (6-of-21), was 0-of-3 on 3-point tries and 4-of-8 at the free-throw stripe.
The 2012 signing class includes combo guards Moore and D’Montre Edwards and wing Derek Reese. Moore was recruited as a point guard.
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