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SEC Headlines – 3/27/12 Part One

1.  Florida’s Will Muschamp is telling his players to produce in spring or else someone else will get their spots in August.

2.  The Gator basketball team will host Wisconsin and visit Arizona next season.

3.  Here’s a quick look at the odds of Georgia and Aaron Murray winning the BCS title and Heisman Trophy, respectively.

4.  South Carolina is looking for the next Alshon Jeffery.

5.  Little-used guard Wes Washpun has been granted a release from Tennessee while big man Kenny Hall has been reinstated.

6.  Vol linebacker Herman Lathers is back to “85 or 90 percent” speed after a nasty ankle injury last summer.

7.  SEC commissioner Mike Slive will make a speech and talk to the media in Kansas City today as he further opens the door of his conference to Missourians.

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UT’s Washpun Hasn’t Qualified Yet

Iowa point guard Wes Washpun was the first player to commit to new Tennessee basketball coach Cuonzo Martin.  But it looks like he’s the last man from Martin’s first signing class to qualify.

According to The Knoxville News Sentinel, Washpun is on campus and taking classes at UT, but he’s yet to receive academic clearance from the NCAA.

Martin said last week that Washpun took summer course to insure his eligibility.  The school is hoping to get an NCAA verdict “by the middle of next week.”

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Vols Add Junior College Forward To 2011 Class

The Tennessee basketball team has signed forward Dwight Miller from Midland (Texas) College.

Dwight is a guy who competes and plays hard,” UT coach Cuonzo Martin said. “He has the tools to really help us from an experience and physical standpoint.”

The Vols sure hope so. UT will return Kenny Hall, Jeronne Maymon and Renaldo Woolridge next season, but none of the three players have proven themselves as effective post players. Miller is expected to compete right away for playing time.

“It will require me to work hard to get the best opportunity to do something special,” Miller said, “I think my strength is my versatility and being able to create mismatches wherever I’m at on the floor.”

UT also has a commitment from post player Yemi Makanjuola.  The Vols also signed guards Quinton Chievous, Josh Richardson and Wes Washpun for the 2011 class.

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Big Man Commits To Tennessee; Vols Officially Add Combo Guard

Tennessee has addressed depth issues within its post position by accepting a commitment from Yemi Makanjuola.

Makanjuola, who attends Word of God Christian Academy in Raleigh, N.C., is expected to be the fourth and final member of UT’s signing class.

Makanjuola transferred from Oak Hill Academy to Word of God before the 2010-11 year began. He arrived in the United States from Nigeria in 2010.

Makanjuola will join a class that includes guards Quinton Chievous, Josh Richardson and Wes Washpun.

The signing of Chievous became official this week. Chievous is a combo guard from Notre Dame Prep School in Niles, Ill.

“Quinton has a lot of characteristics coaches love,” UT coach Cuonzo Martin said. “He’s a hard worker who’s dedicated to putting time in to continue to enhance his skills. He’s very athletic and is a great competitor. He has the tools to be a really good player because he can do a lot of different things.”

UT also signed point guard Chris Jones from Memphis, Tenn., but Jones is expected to enroll at Northwest Florida State Junior College this fall.

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Chievous Chooses Tennessee

Guard Quinton Chievous from Notre Dame High School in Niles, Ill., announced he will sign with the Tennessee basketball team.

Chievous will join guards Josh Richardson and Wes Washpun in UT’s signing class of 2011. Point guard Chris Jones of Memphis, Tenn., has also signed with the Vols, but he’s expected to attend a junior college next fall.

Chievous, along with the other two signees, is expected to enroll at UT in June.

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UT’s Martin High On Signee Washpun

Cuonzo Martin has good things to say about Wes Washpun, the diminutive point guard he’s made his first signee at Tennessee.

“He’s a student of the game and someone who plays with great competitiveness.  I’m excited about what Wes can bring to the program.  He’s a quick, athletic guard who knows how to run a team.”

He also knows how to jump pretty high for a guy who’s 6-1.

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