March 2, 2008

Witherspoon set for official visit to Virginia

It's going to be a busy week for the Virginia men's basketball team. It will play three important ACC games in the next seven days and they will also be doing plenty of entertaining with prospective recruits. Maybe most notable among that group will be an official visit this week from four-star prospect Wesley Witherspoon, who is among the top unsigned seniors in the nation. When will Witherspoon arrive in Charlottesville?

The answer is soon. Having previously planned a trip to UVa for next weekend, the 6-foot-8, 185-pounder from Berkmar High School in Lilburn, Ga., will be making the journey north a little bit sooner.

"I'm going up on Tuesday," said Witherspoon when asked about his official visit to Virginia. "My Mom planned it not long ago and I knew that they would be one of the schools that it would come down to."

Witherspoon will stay in Charlottesville until Thursday evening when he will head back to Georgia.

What is he looking forward to in making his first visit to Virginia?

"I want to see the basketball facilities and get to know the players," said Witherspoon, who's rated by as the No. 56 overall prospect in the class of 2008. "I also want to talk to the tutors about academics and see what the atmosphere is like at the game on Wednesday."

Witherspoon also added that he's looking forward to a more detailed conversation with the Cavaliers' coaching staff about how they would use him if he were to choose UVa.

"They told me I'd be a pretty key wing man, if not play some at the one," Witherspoon said. "I'm looking forward to finishing that conversation to see where their head's at."

It's going to be a busy week for the talented perimeter player, something made possible unfortunately by a loss on the court in the Georgia state playoffs.

"We lost on Friday in the Elite Eight, so we're out," Witherspoon said.

With the loss, Witherspoon will now squeeze in two official visits this coming week.

"I get back from Virginia on Thursday night and then on Friday I'm going to Texas," Witherspoon added.

Last fall, Witherspoon took an official to LSU, but the Tigers are no longer in the mix.

With trips to UVa and Texas on tap for this week, Witherspoon will have two more at his disposal, and he said that Memphis and Florida are likely to receive those visits.

But he quickly followed by saying that the four schools that were getting official vists in the coming weeks are not his finalists, adding, "There are some other schools still in there."

Included in that group are Clemson, Colorado and Oklahoma.

Witherspoon and Berkmar finished their season and 23-6, with Witherspoon leading the way with nearly 19 points and 10 rebounds per game.

CavsCorner will check in with the four-star prospect for reaction following his two official visits this week.

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