2011-12 Men's Hoops Breakdown: Wings
Go Tigers! Senior Wesley Witherspoon
Go Tigers!
Senior Wesley Witherspoon
Go Tigers!

Nov. 9, 2011

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - After looking at the Tigers' guards on Tuesday, Memphis Tiger Vision (UofMTV) turns its focus to the Memphis wing players today. On Thursday, the spotlight shifts to the posts.

With Will Barton's and Wesley Witherspoon's decisions to return to Memphis to go along with the addition of Adonis Thomas, the Tigers boast quite possibly the most athletic trio of wing players in college basketball this season. All three players run the floor well and finish strong, which is what Pastner's fast-paced offense depends on. But, the Tigers head coach is expecting more than just offensive production from Barton, Thomas and Witherspoon.

One of Pastner's points of emphasis is to take the three-pointer out of the game for the opposition, and the athleticism and length of the Tigers' wings can do just that. Last year, Memphis held its foes to 33 percent from the arc, but Pastner wants to see that percentage even lower in 2011-12. Barton and Witherspoon can use their experience to help the Tigers achieve that goal, while Thomas has all the physical tools to become one of the nation's top lock-down defenders.

Offensively, Barton, Thomas and Witherspoon all have range to the three-point arc and can be threats out there. However, the trio poses even bigger problems for the opposition when attacking the basket or shooting the mid-range jumper.

The Tigers also have an experienced wing in junior D.J. Stephens. One of college basketball's high-fliers, Stephens always electrifies crowds with his rim-rattling dunks and is expected to provide valuable minutes this year. After a tough decision-making process, junior Drew Barham announced Nov. 8 that he plans to redshirt the 2011-12 season.



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