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Witherspoon signs with GW

Berkmar grad Wynton Witherspoon signed with the George Washington men's basketball program on Thursday, officially ending a recruiting process that began with his transfer from Virginia Tech after the 2005-2006 season.

Witherspoon played his first two college seasons with the Hokies before leaving the program after last season, when it struggled to a 14-16 record. The 6-foot-7, 195-pound wing looked at all his options and selected George Washington over Georgia State and Ole Miss.

He begins classes at his new school on July 5, but will have to sit out 2006-2007 via transfer rules.

"I like the coach, he's a good coach, real honest," Witherspoon said of George Washington's Karl Hobbs. "I think it will be a good opportunity to join a good conference and play for a good team."

Still 19 years old, Witherspoon was on track to graduate from Virginia Tech in just over three years. He had his ups and downs on the basketball floor for the Hokies, fighting through a preseason broken foot in October of 2005 that nearly forced him to take a medical redshirt.

But he rebounded to provide a spark at times, leading his team in scoring in its first two ACC games of the 2005-2006 season with 19 points vs. Florida State and 17 vs. North Carolina. As a sophomore, he played in 21 games (10 starts) and averaged 6.3 points in only 18.7 minutes per game, admittedly not as much as he hoped to play.

His team also didn't sport a winning record, but Witherspoon didn't go into specifics about his transfer from Virginia Tech.

"It was a series of things (that led to the transfer), but mainly I just felt like I needed a new beginning somewhere else," Witherspoon said.

A top prospect out of Berkmar in 2003-2004, Witherspoon signed with Virginia Tech over Georgia, Texas, Auburn and Providence. He averaged 24.1 points and 6.8 rebounds as a high school senior.