Losing point guard Wes Washpun for Tennessee basketball head coach Cuonzo Martin won’t mean much for his team in the long haul. Instead of bringing back a player who had minimal experience last year, Martin gains another point guard in the next recruiting class and gets forward Kenny Hall back from suspension.
Had Hall returned with Washpun on the roster, Tennessee would have gone over the scholarship limit. That meant that Washpun’s departure not only has a minimal effect on the team’s outlook for the 2012-13 season, but it might have been necessary to make the team better overall.
Washpun has the talent to start at other programs and this release is not necessarily a reflection on him as a player, but just that Tennessee’s roster just got crowded at the wrong time and, consequently, made Washpun the odd man out.
The following days will be very interesting to see where Washpun ends up playing the rest of his collegiate basketball career.