Mississippi State has been saved repeatedly by a talented freshman, though it isn’t the one we all thought it would be.
Quinndary Weatherspoon continued to amaze the Mississippi State basketball fans last night at Humphrey Coliseum. If you missed it because of the 8:00 start time, here is what happened.
Fans of the Bulldogs were hoping for a tournament run from this year’s squad, but that was a long shot. While we might be missing out on a tournament bid, what we are getting is a glimpse into what next season might look like with Quinndary Weatherspoon leading the way. And the buzzer beater against Vanderbilt is adding to what is quickly becoming a career to watch.
Weatherspoon has been a bright spot in a difficult season. He didn’t become a fixture in the starting rotation until the SEC season started. he had been averaging around eight or nine points a game before then, but now Quinndary Weatherspoon is the fourth leading scorer on the team. He averages 11.7 points a game, shoots nearly 37% from three point range, and almost five rebounds a game.
If there is one thing to lament about the buzzer beater Quinndary Weatherspoon hit last night, it’s the fact the final seconds of the game have become a synopsis of the two talented freshmen on the Mississippi State basketball team. One continues to impress while the other can’t seem to get anything to go his way.
Before Quinndary Weatherspoon hit the big shot to send the Humphrey Coliseum into a frenzy, Malik Newman took a shot to try to give the Bulldogs a lead himself. The Vine posted on here doesn’t show it, but Newman missed his attempt so badly that Vanderbilt didn’t have much a of a chance to get the rebound. It bounced to Ware, who kicked it to Ready, Ready found Weatherspoon, and the rest is history.
The sequence was a quick glance at what the season has been like for Newman and Weatherspoon and how fans have felt about the two. Newman missed the shot, which summarized the disappointment fans have had in him, and Weatherspoon nailed the game winner, which summarized the elation and joy he has brought to the fans of Mississippi State basketball.
With Weatherspoon continuing to shine, Mississippi State fans have been wondering aloud if he might turn pro after this season. He might very well test the waters, but unless there have been some new ones to come out that I haven’t seen, Weatherspoon is not projected as a 1st or 2nd round pick in the upcoming draft. Given another year of seasoning, and Weatherspoon could take the incoming recruiting class to unheard of places a season ago.