Weatherspoon Talks About Meeting Ben Howland

Velma Jackson High School 2015 combo guard Quinndary Weatherspoon, a Mississippi State signee, talks about meeting new Mississippi State men's basketball head coach Ben Howland for the first time. (Photo courtesy of Keith Warren, MHSAA)

  • Name: Quinndary Weatherspoon
  • Classification: 2015
  • High School: Velma Jackson (MS) High School
  • Position: Combo Guard
  • HT-WT: 6-foot-4, 184
  • Ranking: 4-star, 82nd best player in the nation
  • Colleges of Interest: Signed with Mississippi State

  • Coach Ben Howland made a big impression on Mississippi State signee Quinndary Weatherspoon as soon as he opened the door.

    "He and his entire staff came to meet me," said Weatherspoon, the 82nd best player in the class of 2015. "I was surprised that all of them came."

    Prior to the meeting, Weatherspoon, who was recruited and signed by previous head coach Rick Ray, was not 100% sure about whether he still wanted to be a Bulldog. Meeting Coach Howland and his staff solved that issue for him.

    "I was ready to meet him because I didn't know what I wanted to do," said the talented guard. "But I'm excited now about going to Mississippi State."

    He pointed out what he was told by Howland during his in-home visit.

    "Coach Howland talked about how he planned on using me," said Weatherspoon. "He said he wants to use me at the two (guard position) because Mississippi State doesn't have a lot of shooters. If I come in and shoot the ball as well as he knows that I can then he believes that I will have a pretty good chance of playing real early."

    Coach Howland also plans on improving Weatherspoon's overall guard play.

    "He also said he knows how to improve guards play and their jump shot and how to help get his guards to the NBA, things like that," said Weatherspoon. "He also said that I will need to take a yoga class to get my body more flexible."

    Getting to the NBA is a dream of all high school basketball players. And Weatherspoon is no different. And he likes how successful Howland has been in doing that with many of his previous players.

    "He has put 21 players into the NBA," said Weatherspoon. "I am excited about that because he knows what he is doing. He knows how to push you, motivate you so that he can help you get to the next level."

    Weatherspoon also got to meet two of the assistant coaches for the first time, Korey McCray and Ernie Zeigler.

    "I know they know Coach Howland's program really well and they know how to do individual workouts and how to improve your jump shot and things like that," said Weatherspoon.

    Although improving his individual skills are important to him, like every other player he wants to be a part of a winning program. And he knows how well Howland has done in that regard at all three programs that he has coached.

    "Seeing how successful he has been, I know that means that he knows what he is doing," said Weatherspoon. "I will listen to whatever he has to say because he has won at every program that he has been at."

    Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the website, the source for Mississippi State sports on sports network. You can contact him by emailing

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