|Senior||6’4.25″ 207||Shooting Guard||Miss. St.||DOB: 9/10/96|
|18.5 ppg||4.7 rpg||2.8 apg||FG: 50.8%||3PT: 39.6%|
Vertical Leap: 38″
Strengths: Athleticism, Shooting Efficiency, Shot Creation, Length
Weaknesses: Size, Age, NBA Combine Shooting
Weatherspoon has been a solid scorer since stepping on campus four years ago, with his best season coming as a senior averaging 18.5 points. His production is solid but what has been most impressive was the fact that he produced at those levels but he did it in a very efficient way. As a senior he shot 50.8% from the field overall, 39.6% on three point attempts, and 80.9% from the free throw line. He struggled shooting the ball from the outside in his junior season, and after declaring for the draft but electing to come back for one more year, his senior season did a lot to help his draft stock. Weatherspoon is a solid athlete and he should have no problem dealing with the speed and athleticism of the professional game having good agility as well as a strong 38″ vertical leap. Creating shots off of the dribble is one of the strongest aspects to his game, and his quick handles allow him to use a variety of moves to get a shot up. Because of his ability to handle the ball, he is used as the lead guard at times and he could see some time at point guard in spurts at the next level. His length at 6’9″ is strong when you consider his height, and he uses it to his advantage on both ends of the court. Weatherspoon projects as a player with a high defensive ceiling, being able to guard multiple positions and having the tools to get steals on the wing averaging 1.7 as a senior. If he can find a role as a defender that can knock down shots like many of the “3 and D” players in the league, he has a chance at being an effective player at the professional level. In the open court he is very effective both leading the break pulling up for a jumper, finishing at the rim, or dishing it to an open teammate as well as sliding out and being ready for a kick out from another player.
His size at just over 6’4″ is not ideal for a shooting guard, however with his length and vertical ability he is able to play bigger than his listed height. The fact that he also can give you minutes as the lead guard will also help if a team has a concern with his size at the shooting guard position. He will be penalized to a degree for being a senior and making him “old” by draft prospect standards, but he was in a tough position after a down junior year and he bounced back to help his case as a pro. At the NBA combine he showed off some excellent defensive skills being a menace on the wing and collecting 5 steals on day two, to go with 7 rebounds on both day one and day two. He also dished out 5 assists on day one helping the cause that he is more than just a scorer and a defender, but that he also has potential as a facilitator, especially when driving to the basket. Despite playing well in those areas he struggled shooting ball going 2 for 9 from the field in the two scrimmages. His overall shooting ability was on display during his senior season, but it will concern some teams that he did not shoot the ball well against other draft hopefuls. With his measurements, physical numbers, to go with his rebounding and defense at the combine, the down shooting games should be not have a major impact. One other note in his pre-draft process is that played well at the Portsmouth Invitational before the combine, showing his all around game on both sides of the floor.
Here are two examples of his ability to knock down an outside shot:
VIDEO: Quinndary Weatherspoon’s game-winner against Baylor was his fourth with Mississippi State. Here’s a trip down memory lane and a look at all four. pic.twitter.com/GgUDwE8tgO— TJ Werre (@TJ_XTV) March 19, 2018
Weatherspoon is projected to be a mid to late second round pick, and some analysts have him going undrafted. His ceiling as a professional is a solid role player, possibly coming off of the bench in a sixth man type of role, bringing a high level of scoring and perimeter defense. The worst case scenario for Weatherspoon is that he is unable to score effectively enough to earn significant minutes on the NBA level, leading him to spend most of his time in the G League or overseas.