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Mississippi State has now built one of the best backcourts in college basketball

The Mississippi State Bulldogs got their main 2017 target in Nick Weatherspoon on Sunday morning, and that helps complete what will be one of the best backcourts in all of college basketball.

It always seemed like a matter of time with Nick Weatherspoon and where he would end up at college. Ever since coming to Starkville, Howland has been a force on the recruiting trail within his state borders and beyond, and combined with the fact that Weatherspoon’s older brother attends the school, it always seemed that Mississippi State would be the destination.

Now with Weatherspoon on board, Mississippi State will have one of the deepest and most talented group of perimeter players not only in the SEC, but in the country as well. That is incredible to think becomes this comes on the heels of losing potential program defining player, Malik Newman who transferred to Kansas.

Even without Newman there is no shortage of talent on the perimeter in Starkville. At the point guard position there is Nick Weatherspoon, Lamar Peters, and Tyson Carter. Then on the wings you have Quinndary Weatherspoon, Eli Wright, and Mario Kegler.

Every one of those players was seen as a four or five-star prospect coming out of high school. In fact Carter, who was one of the lowest rated, has been getting extremely rave reviews since arriving in Starkville, and Quindarry Weatherspoon is coming off of a season in which he averaged 12 points and nearly 5 rebounds per game.

With Weatherspoon, who will just be a junior, as the old man of the backcourt when Nick Weatherspoon arrives for the 2017 season, it is scary to think of the roster that Howland will have at his disposal.

Carter is a big guard who can play on or off the ball. He has tremendous athleticism and the ability to score in bunches. Wright is a big time athlete with the ability to get to the rim or shoot it from deep, Kegler is a powerful wing who will likely bounce between the three and the four, and then Peters is a tough point guard with the ability to make others better as well as get into the lane.

Now you have Nick Weatherspoon is who is one of the most athletic players in the country, has good size for a point guard, and a solid feel for the game as well.

There is no question that Mississippi State will have one of the most talented backcourts in the country in two years. Howland will have a crew of big, athletic, and versatile players who can play a variety of different ways and give opponents nightmares trying to match up with them.

The past several years for Mississippi State basketball haven’t been pretty, but now the roster is loaded up and the Bulldogs look like they could give the Kentucky Wildcats a major run for their money in the SEC.

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