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5-star PG Nick Weatherspoon commits to Mississippi State

Ben Howland and Mississippi State picked up huge news on Sunday when five-star in-state recruit Nick Weatherspoon offered up a verbal commitment.

Five-star point guard Nick Weatherspoon opted to stay home and commit to Mississippi State, he tells Scout. 

"Everytime I had a visit up there it felt like home," Weatherspoon said. "Me and coach Howland got closer and closer. I just feel like the guys on the team are like my brothers. I knew some of them from AAU. It made it special that I knew most of the players and I can play with my brother."

The brother Weatherspoon is referring to is Quinndary Weatherspoon, who is a sophomore guard that averaged 12 points and 4.7 rebounds last season.

"They used my brother a lot to recruit," the Camden (Miss.) Velma Jackson standout said. "They did a great job. He told me he thinks coach Howland can make me better person on and off the court. I really trust coach Howland. I just wanted to stay home. I just thought it was the best situation for me."

Although Mississippi State is in Weatherspoon's backyard, it wasn't a foregone conclusion that he was going to be a Bulldog. North Carolina State had set up an official visit with him and North Carolina, Ohio State and others were heavily involved. But when Weatherspoon got on MSU's campus this weekend, he knew he wanted to stay home. 

"When we started vistiing the campus and going through the locker room and seeing the nice fans around, they made me comfortable," Weatherspoon said. "They said if I go there, I’d be the like family there. It just felt like my real home."

On the court, Weatherspoon is a dynamic guard that has ascended up the ranking list. Following a terrific summer with MBA Hoops, Weatherspoon was escalated to five-stars and ranked No. 26 overall. 

"I can help them defensively, scoring wise and getting to the paint," Weatherspoon said.

After signing a top 10 recruiting class last season, Weatherspoon is Howland's first recruit of the 2017 class. 

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