January 14, 2011

Iowa interested in Washpun

Wes Washpun played on one of the top AAU teams in the Midwest this past summer. While three of his Iowa Barnstormers teammates were getting most of the attention from college recruiters, Washpun continued to get better and the coaches started to notice as he performed well against some of the top guards in the country.

That work is paying off as the senior from Cedar Rapids Washington High School is now on the radar of several high major programs.

"This past summer helped me a lot," Washpun said. "I played against some of the top guards in the country and it helped me get better as a player and that has shown up in my play this year."

The 6-foot guard who is averaging 19 points, six rebounds, five assists, and three steals per game holds scholarship offers from South Dakota State and North Dakota. He is getting strong interest from Iowa, Missouri State, Wichita State, Boston College, and several other high major programs.

"The interest is picking up, so this is an exciting time for me, but I know I have to keep working hard on and off the floor."

Washpun admits that he struggled academically early in his high school career, but he carried a 3.7 gpa in the first semester this year and has posted a 19 on his ACT, which he plans on improving upon next month. He is also working hard on the court trying to improve his three point shot and foul shooting.

Washpun has been a fairly regular visitor to Iowa City, along with his high school teammate and future Hawkeye, Josh Oglesby. He has liked what he has seen so far from Coach McCaffery and the Iowa team.

"From what I have seen they have done a lot to improve their program. The pace of the game is a lot faster and I think Coach McCaffery is doing a good job of turning things around," he said.

The Hawkeyes are also continuing to evaluate Washpun as a potential recruit for one of their two open scholarships this spring.

"Coach McCaffery has been to a couple of our games this year and he will say hello after the game. He has been telling me that he likes the way that I have been playing and to keep doing what I have been doing," Washpun said.

On Friday night, Washpun and his Washington teammates have a huge game on tap as they face #1 ranked Linn Mar and 2012 North Carolina commit Marcus Paige. The two point guards have been battling for many years and Washpun is looking forward to the opportunity to play against his friendly rival once again.

"This is a game that has been circled on our calendar for quite some time, so we are looking forward to it," he said. "I have been playing against Marcus for most of my life. We pretty much grew up playing against each other, so I know how he plays and he knows how I play. It's a fun personal rivalry."


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