UVa Remains in Running for Star Forward

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6-7, 185-pound forward Wesley Witherspoon is one of the top uncommitted prospects remaining in the 2008 recruiting class. Rated a 4-star prospect by Rivals.com and Scout.com, the Berkmar High School (Lilburn, GA) star is coming off of a terrific senior season in which he averaged 20 points and almost 10 rebounds per contest.

Witherspoon has taken official visits to LSU, UVa and Texas, but as of now he is only considering two of those three schools along with four others.

“I’m not really considering LSU anymore because of the coaching situation, but Virginia and Texas are still in there,” Witherspoon said. “I’m also considering Memphis, Florida, Clemson and Colorado. All of them have offered. Memphis, Clemson and Colorado are heavily recruiting me. Florida is dealing with scholarship issues.”

Witherspoon, who has yet to schedule any other official visits, compared his trips to Charlottesville and Austin.

“I enjoyed myself on both visits,” Witherspoon said. “Both have phenomenal facilities. Those two schools are two of the schools where I really enjoy being around the coaches.”

The versatile forward is being very patient in making a decision on his college future, but he does plan to announce his choice midway through the spring signing period.

“I’m going to announce my decision on May 1st,” Witherspoon said. “I was trying to make sure all of my family and friends would be able to attend and that date seemed to work for everybody.”

Berkmar’s varsity basketball squad enjoyed a successful 2007/2008 season, returning to the Class AAAAA state quarterfinals for the first time since 2001. Witherspoon was pleased with the team’s performance and his individual success, as he feels as if he has come a long way on the court these past two seasons.

“My game has changed a lot,” Witherspoon said. “My development has been unbelievable. I feel like my ball handling and my jump shot have improved the most.

“On the court, I don’t believe I have a true position. I’m just a ballplayer. I’ll do whatever is needed to do to help my team win. College coaches like the fact that I can get to the basket