SUWANEE, Ga. — Among the players to take the court this past weekend in the Atlanta suburbs, few did more to raise their profile than explosive scorer Nick Weatherspoon.
A star for MBA Hoops on the Adidas circuit, Weatherspoon buried long threes and showcased his aggressive, uptempo style while Roy Williams watched from the sidelines on Sunday morning. In a one-point defeat to Team Loaded VA, he poured in 25 points along with six rebounds and four assists.
Weatherspoon had caught the eye of UNC assistant coach Hubert Davis earlier in the weekend, and he made the most of his opportunity — Williams initially had planned to watch 2018 star Romeo Langford, but he didn’t play — to impress the Tar Heels’ head coach.
On Monday, Davis contacted Weatherspoon to solidify the program’s interest.
”It's a great feeling — never thought I would be able to even be on the phone with UNC but it's a dream come true,” Weatherspoon said. “(Davis) said Roy said that he loves how I play and I made some impressive plays and he wants me on campus soon.”
Soon, in this case, actually could mean this summer. Weatherspoon noted that he intends to visit Chapel Hill prior to the onset of the July evaluation period. The Mississippi guard associates one attribute with the Heels’ style of play.
”I just know he (Roy Williams) lets the guards get out in transition,” Weatherspoon said. “That’s the most important part of the offense, to get the guards out in transition.”
Weatherspoon certainly has his share of options. He claims offers from Ohio State, N.C. State, LSU, Mississippi State and others but is trying not to become overwhelmed by the surge of interest. (He also has claimed an offer from UNC but has yet to speak to Williams.)
“The attention is exciting, but I always play the same way,” he said. “If there are no coaches in the gym, I’m going to play just as hard as if there are.”
The Bulldogs do pose an intriguing possibility. Weatherspoon’s brother, Quinndary, will be a sophomore in Starkville next season, Conceivably, Nick could join him for two seasons with MSU. For his part, however, Nick said he intends to manage his own recruitment independently.
Mostly, he’s trying to shore up any prior weaknesses of his game.
”I’ve gotten way better,” he said. “I couldn’t shoot last year, I just dunked on people all the time. But I’ve been working hard, my jumper is starting to go and everything is falling into place.”
Weatherspoon currently slots at No. 73 in the 2017 Scout.com class rankings and likely will rise from that position if he continues his torrid scoring output.
Evan Daniels also contributed to this story