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Berkmar hoops star Witherspoon chooses Memphis

LILBURN - Berkmar boys basketball star Wesley Witherspoon ended months of speculation by announcing his decision to accept a scholarship offer from the University of Memphis on Thursday.

Witherspoon announced his decision at an after-school ceremony in the school's media center before signing his national letter of intent.

The 6-foot-8 senior chose coach John Calipari's Tigers, who finished as runner-up to national champion Kansas in this year's NCAA Tournament, over similar offers from Colorado, Oklahoma State, Virginia and Texas.

"I felt like it was the best fit for me," said Witherspoon, who finished tied for sixth among all Gwinnett County boys players in scoring (19.5 points per game), fifth in rebounding (9.8 rpg) and eighth in assists (4.5) in helping the Patriots (23-6) to the Region 8-AAAAA championship and a run to the Class AAAAA quarterfinals. "(The biggest factor in the decision was) probably Coach (Calipari). From Day 1, I liked what he was telling me. He was not telling me what I wanted to hear, but telling me what I needed to hear. ... I'm really happy right now."

When he gets to Memphis, Witherspoon will become the third member of his family to play major college basketball, joining older brothers William, who played a year at the U.S. Air Force Academy, and Wynton, who signed with Virginia Tech out of high school and is a rising senior at George Washington.