Coach Counzo Martin, began his tenure with one commit for the 2011 class. Soon after getting the job at Rocky top, however, Coach Martin grabbed a leaping point guard from Iowa in Wes Washpun.
Washpun embraced the fact of being the only point guard signed, and hopes to make the best of his opportunity. We recently caught up with Washpun to see how it was to be a Tennessee Volunteer.
What made you wanna come to Tennessee?
I already had built a great relationship with Coach Martin while he was at Missouri State. The program has been successful recently,and I knew I was going to a good school. I know the fans are very passionate about their sports.
How do you use your great leaping ability in the game?
I use it as a advantage. It hypes the crowd up and the really like it. But I like getting people open and making my teammates better.
What goals do you want to achieve while your at Tennessee?
I want to win a National Championship. I want the team to be built up,and everyone by in. I'm taking it one step at a time.
How much playing time do you expect?
Being the only PG signed makes me a good situation. I know I'm going to have to earn every minute of it and work very hard.
Do the issues with Bruce Pearl and the NCAA bother you?
Not really, I know some sactions are going to be put on the program, but right now I"m staying optimistic.
What skill sets do you think will help the team?
I think I can become a playmaker. I can attack the lane with my speed and get my teammates involved first. I like building team chemistry.
Being from Big10 country, what do you think the SEC as a basketball conference?
I think it's a very talented conference. It has tons of athletes and it is very competitive. The games come down to who works on their skills the most.
What relationship have you built with the other signees?
I haven't met any of the other signees,but I was told I was probably rooming together with Josh Ricahrdson. I think he's a good guy and a good player.
With the departure of Melvin Goins, Tennessee is left with only one true point guard for the '11-'12 season. Trae Golden will probably be the starter, but Washpun has the potential to get some early action this season.