Gene Swindoll, Gene's Page

Nik Weatherspoon has four at the top of his list.

Velma Jackson (MS) High School class of 2017 4-star point guard Nik Weatherspoon has numerous colleges after him with quite a few having offered him a scholarship. As of now, he has four schools at the top of his list.

  • Name: Nick Weatherspoon
  • Classification: 2017
  • High School: Velma Jackson (MS) High School
  • Position: Point Guard
  • HT: WT: 6-foot-2, 175
  • Ranking: 4-Star, No. 65th nationally
  • Schools of Interest: Alabama, LSU, Mississippi State, Ole Miss

"Right now, my top schools are Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Alabama and LSU," said Weatherspoon. " I would probably say Mississippi State is my first school."

He pointed out several things that he likes about Mississippi State.

"I went on an unofficial visit to Mississippi State," said's 65th ranked player in the class of 2017. "I talked to (head) Coach (Ben) Howland for awhile and I talked to (assistant) Coach George Brooks. That was the first time that I have talked to Coach Howland (in person). I think he could help me a lot and I think he could maybe help me to get to the NBA. With all the guards that he has had, I think he could help me out a lot."

He described what he likes about the play of the Mississippi State guards.

"I like how they get their guards into transition," said Weatherspoon. "(Coach Howland) lets them play. He's also a man-to-man coach and I like to play man."

He has formed a great relationship with Coach Brooks, the Mississippi State coach recruiting him.

"George Brooks is going to stay on you," said Weatherspoon, with a smile on his face. "If he feels like he wants you he is going to stay on you. He is going to text you and call you."

Weatherspoon's brother, Quinndary Weatherspoon, is a freshman on the State basketball team. He has been impressed with what he has seen from him this season.

"I have been keeping up with him and have noticed how big he has gotten and how he has changed his game," said Weatherspoon. "He gets to the rim more and I think he has gotten more aggressive."

Although he and Quinndary play different positions, he feels like he and his brother are very similar on the court.

"He and I both have ice in our veins," said the four-star prospect. "It is a family thing. We like to play hard and we like to win. We don't like to lose."

I saw that ice first-hand Monday night when Nik scored a three-point basket just before the buzzer to give his team a two-point victory over Columbus (MS) High School in the Rumble In The South basketball tournament.

Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the website, the source for Mississippi State sports on sports network.

Gene's Page Top Stories