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Quinndary Weatherspoon named SEC Co-Freshman of the Week

STARKVILLE (HailState.com) - Continuing his dominating play with the 2015-16 season hitting the homestretch, Mississippi State’s Quinndary Weatherspoon was named Co-SEC Freshman of the Week on Monday.

The honor is the second of the season for Weatherspoon, who earned his first in November. Weatherspoon becomes the first Bulldog to win multiple SEC Freshman of the Week honors since teammate Craig Sword did so in 2013.

Weatherspoon has exploded onto the national scene in the last week after having quietly put together one of the more impressive rookie campaigns. His buzzer-beating 3-pointer capped a 17-point comeback by the Bulldogs at home against the Vanderbilt Commodores, where he led all scorers with a career-high 24 points.

On Saturday, Weatherspoon’s 15 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals and one electrifying dunk spearheaded MSU’s 67-61 victory at Alabama.

The wins marked the first time this season that State has won back-to-back conference games.

His buzzer beater against Vandy landed at No. 1 on SportsCenter’s Top 10 Plays, while his dunk at Alabama came in at No. 2.

“He’s a kid that continues to grow and improve as a player,” MSU coach Ben Howland said. “He’s so coachable and is only going to get better. I’ve also been impressed with what he’s been doing on the defensive end. That’s a difficult challenge for most freshmen.”

On the year, Weatherspoon averages 11.8 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.31 steals, all ranking in the top 10 in the SEC amongst freshmen. His .384 3-point clip ranks ninth amongst SEC freshmen.

The Canton, Miss., native has scored in double digits in 13 of his last 16 games and has led the Bulldogs in scoring in their last three contests.

Weatherspoon’s hot play has also shot him up the MSU freshman record book in a number of categories. Weatherspoon is seventh in 3-point field goals made (33), eighth in 3-point field goals attempted (86), tied for ninth in steals (34) and is 10th in field goals made (113).

“My coaches and teammates do a great job of putting me in the right position to make plays,” Weatherspoon said. “I know my name is on the award, but I look at it like a team award. Basketball is a team sport. Not an individual sport.”

Overall, this is MSU’s fourth SEC weekly honor of the season, with Gavin Ware earning player of the week and Malik Newman earning freshman of the week earlier in the season.

 

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