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Was that Wesley Witherspoon smiling and stuff?

Posted on: January 29, 2012 12:17 am
Edited on: January 29, 2012 12:21 am
By Gary Parrish

MEMPHIS -- Wesley Witherspoon has had a strange college career filled with more downs than ups.

The diehard fans have been hard on him

Some have given up on him.

But he's the reason Memphis is still atop the Conference USA standings.

The 6-foot-8 senior finished with 12 points in Saturday night's 83-76 win over Marshall here at FedExForum that pushed the Tigers' league mark to the same 6-1 record that Southern Miss earned earlier. But he also chased loose balls. And drew a charge. And blocked a shot in the final three minutes. And grabbed an offensive rebound in the closing seconds. And basically did all the little things coaches beg players to do.

"You never know what my role is gonna be [because] it changes night in and night out," Witherspoon said. "So I just have to make sure I'm ready to play basketball everyday."

Which has always been the knock on Witherspoon.

He's frustrating because he's not ready to play basketball everyday.

Sometimes he's very good.

But he disappears too often for anybody's liking.

Proof is in the fact that the former projected first-round draft pick is a reserve ranked eighth in points per game on the Memphis roster. His coaches have decided they can't rely on him, and it's difficult to blame them. But now isn't the time to stress that because Wesley Witherspoon was the anti-Wesley Witherspoon on this night. He didn't jog. He ran. He wasn't soft. He played strong. He didn't sulk. He smiled.

And he doesn't really have a reputation for smiling much on the court.

"Exactly," said Memphis sophomore Will Barton. "So we've just got to keep him smiling all the time."

Since: Jan 30, 2012
Posted on: January 30, 2012 12:19 pm

Was that Wesley Witherspoon smiling and stuff?

This is a funny post. Is this English? Whatever language it is, the visual scene was set like no other post I have read before.  Down to how much weight someone lost to who is washing and who is drying.  On any given night, WW will score 0 or 20. I have never seen a Tiger so inconsistent.

Since: Jun 1, 2009
Posted on: January 29, 2012 12:08 pm

Was that Wesley Witherspoon smiling and stuff?

Lets do it Jamammy!  Spoon has the tools, if he played like that every game, then he would be on the NBA's radar again.

PS.  Maine, you need to hit up some Brother Junipers. 

Since: Jan 23, 2007
Posted on: January 29, 2012 8:40 am

Was that Wesley Witherspoon smiling and stuff?

Gary's next Memphis story with be exactly the same as this one. Only replace Witherspoon's name with Joe Jackson.

Since: Feb 15, 2009
Posted on: January 29, 2012 1:59 am
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Since: Feb 21, 2010
Posted on: January 29, 2012 12:58 am

Was that Wesley Witherspoon smiling and stuff?

Gary Parrish: Says it's not time to stress Witherspoon's unreliability; stresses Witherspoon's unreliability throughout very same article.

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