Five in good shape with Weatherspoon but door not closed

Nick Weatherspoon continues to play above the rim and earn the interest of top programs in the country. The nation's No. 33 ranked player talked to Peegs.com last weekend about Indiana's chances of earning an official visit.

Not that he had anything to prove, but 6-foot-2 combo guard Nick Weatherspoon once again impressed at last weekend's adidas Gauntlet Finale.

The Camden, Mississippi native averaged 20.3 points per game as college coaches jammed in to catch his games at the Upward Stars facility in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

Despite being among the top scorers overall in the Gauntlet Finale, the No. 33 overall player says distributing the ball was on his mind.

"I’m just trying to prove that I’m a true point guard and I can get everyone involved; everybody knows I can score the ball so I’m really trying to do a little bit of both – score the ball and get everyone involved," Weatherspoon told Peegs.com.

He said there that a quintet of programs are making a strong push.

"Louisville, North Carolina, Mississippi State, Ohio State and NC State are on me real hard," Weatherspoon said.

Indiana began calling recently but will have to catch up to the other programs over the coming months despite a June scholarship offer.

"They have work to do," Weatherspoon said. "The Indiana offer was nice....I watched them last year and Yogi (Ferrell) was nice."

The one time he watched the most last season was nearby Mississippi State. His brother Quinndary Weatherspoon just finished his freshman season for the Bulldogs. He recently took an unofficial to Starkville.

"I am really close to the players because three of the players played for us (MBA Hoops) and I played with them last year," Weatherspoon said. "I was able to get with them because I haven’t seen them in a while and just to be able to see my brother, I haven’t seen him in a long time. Me and coach (Ben) Howland, we got that bond, ya know, that’s my home team.

"Coach Howland coached Russell Westbrook and he compared me to him. He wants me to be like Russell Westbrook, get to the rim and score the ball."

Based on how much time Weatherspoon soared above the rim in Spartanburg, the Westbrook comparison is not so far-fetched.

Unless he changes his mind his fall is pretty booked.

I will take my official visits (after July). I know it will be N.C. State, Louisville, North Carolina, Ohio State and Mississippi State," Weatherspoon said.

"The biggest thing I’m trying to see on the visits is if the coach develops guards and make them better to go to the next level."

Later he sounded a bit more open to adjust which five might get an official.

"If UK or Duke, you know, they have a spot," Weatherspoon said.

The Hoosiers would also muscle into that mix.

"I’m not sure about the final five because if me and Tom Crean get even closer because they contact me a lot, so if me and him get even closer then they’ll have a spot."

Note: Trevor Andershock of Indiana Basketball Source contributed to this report.

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