Witherspoon Excited to Join ACC

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Yesterday, Virginia Tech added even more athleticism to an already very athletic 2004 class, when 6-6, 170 pound small forward prospect Wynton Witherspoon committed to the program. He joins 6-3, 200 pound point guard Marquie Cooke, 6-6, 220 pound combo forward Justin Holt, and 6-7, 185 pound high-rising small forward Deron Washington in the 2004 class.

During a press conference yesterday afternoon, Witherspoon chose Virginia Tech over Providence and Texas. He was also considering Auburn, UAB, and Georgia.

“It was a pretty tough decision,” Witherspoon said of his choice to attend Virginia Tech. “I narrowed my list to five schools, and from there I just tried to figure out the best fit for me basketball-wise and the better situation for me academically. It came down to Virginia Tech, Providence, and Texas. Then I started thinking about which coaching staff I was most comfortable with, and I like Seth [Greenberg]. I like Brad [Greenberg]. I like Ryan [Odom]. They were one of the few schools to recruit me for both semesters. I had a chance to get to know them better than the other coaches.”

Basketball-wise, one simple factor stood out above the other two finalists.

“The ACC,” Witherspoon said. “That speaks for itself. It’s always been a dream of mine to play in the ACC. We’re going to have a fresh start there. Our class will have a chance to build a name for ourselves, to build a prestigious program like Duke has. I think we can do it quickly. I mean, look at Georgia Tech. They weren’t that good a couple of years ago, and look where they are now. If they can do it, I know Virginia Tech can.”

Witherspoon will make his official visit to Virginia Tech next weekend. He made an unofficial trip last Fall and, at first, didn’t think Virginia Tech would be the place for him.

“I visited there last year around the Fall time,” Witherspoon said. “It was during football season, so everyone was focused on that. When I first saw the campus, I thought it was more like a situation I didn’t want to be in. It was a college town. I live in Atlanta, and down here you have a lot of stuff. But the more I thought about it, the more I thought it might be the best situation for me. I wouldn’t be in the city, so there wouldn’t be as much chance to get in trouble or anything like that.”

A three-star prospect by Rivals.com, Witherspoon will bring scoring