Wes Washpun Hitting Stride for UNI Basketball

By Jake Bemis, Correspondent

Tools

By Sam Louwagie

CEDAR FALLS — With 16 games under its belt, Northern Iowa’s men’s basketball team is starting to hit its stride.

The Panthers are 3-1 in the Missouri Valley Conference and have won their three league games by an average of 23.7 points.

“We’re getting there,” UNI Coach Ben Jacobson said about his team finding its identity. “You never know when you’re going to get all the way there, but that’s the way it is with every team.

“These guys enjoy being around each other every day. We see it in practice, on the plane and in games.”

After struggling to start the season, former Cedar Rapids Washington prep Wes Washpun has gained momentum to start conference play, averaging 12.5 points since the start of the new year.

“(Washpun) has played some games now and had a chance to play,” Jacobson said. “Now he’s able to play without thinking quite as much about where he’s supposed to be or trying to remember a certain play. He’s gaining some game experience and it’s fun to see the progress he’s making.”

Jacobson thinks junior Deon Mitchell has been a big help to Washpun. Mitchell, who was asked to be the team’s leader at the beginning of the season, has found chemistry with Washpun on and off the court.

“Those two guys have a great relationship,” Jacobson said. “During the Iona game, that game was really close, and those two are talking and laughing,

“Wes wears his emotions on his sleeve and I think that’s helped Deon and brought out some of Deon’s personality. It’s that experience that has helped Wes get better faster.”

- See more at: http://thegazette.com/2014/01/13/washpun-uni-hitting-their-stride/#sthash.wcafV3mW.dpuf

Conversation Guidelines

Be Kind

Don't use abusive, offensive, threatening, racist, vulgar or sexually-oriented language.
Don't attack someone personally. Keep it civil and be responsible.

Share Knowledge

Be truthful. Share what you know and what you are passionate about.
What more do you want to learn? Keep it simple.

Stay focused

Promote lively and healthy debate. Stay on topic. Ask questions and give feedback on the story's topic.

Report Trouble

Help us maintain a quality comment section by reporting comments that are offensive. If you see a comment that is offensive, or you feel violates our guidelines, simply click on the "x" to the far right of the comment to report it.


read the full guidelines here »

Commenting will be disabled on stories dealing with the following subject matter: Crime, sexual abuse, property fires, automobile accidents, Amber Alerts, Operation Quickfinds and suicides.

facebook twitter rss mobile google plus
email alerts you tube hooplanow pinterest instagram

What's On KCRG