Weather­spoon ad­justs jump shot over the summer

MSU's Weather­spoon im­proves on shoot­ing dur­ing summer work

Starkville Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - By DANNY P. SMITH sports@starkvilledai­lynews.com

It's hard to imag­ine Mis­sis­sippi State's Quin­ndary Weather­spoon be­com­ing much bet­ter of a shooter than he al­ready was.

Weather­spoon has shown the abil­ity to be pretty smooth with his shot and has won sev­eral games at the buzzer with it.

Af­ter some advice from Na­tional Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion per­son­nel in the off­sea­son, it was back to the gym for Weather­spoon to see if he could fine tune his craft.

He was told that his jump shot needed im­prov­ing and that's been his fo­cus.

MSU team­mates like Ab­dul Ado have no­ticed the dif­fer­ence this summer.

Af­ter a short break fol­low­ing the spring se­mes­ter, the two Bull­dogs got back into the gym to start work­ing on their game and Ado was amazed by what Weather­spoon was do­ing.

“When he came back, his shot was out­stand­ing,” Ado said. “You could tell he's been work­ing out so hard.”

It was the same thing Ado saw in Aric Hol­man and La­mar Peters, who were the other MSU play­ers to test the NBA waters right af­ter the sea­son. They have since started to pre­pare for the 2018-19 sea­son with the Bull­dogs.

Weather­spoon said ex­plor­ing his op­tions with the NBA was a ben­e­fit.

“I just worked out with a lot of different peo­ple and with other pros,” Weather­spoon said. “It was a great ex­pe­ri­ence for me and I'm look­ing for­ward to do­ing it again at the end of the sea­son.”

There wasn't any­thing wrong with Weather­spoon's point pro­duc­tion as he has scored in dou­ble fig­ures in his three pre­vi­ous MSU sea­sons. He av­er­aged 12 points per game as a fresh­man, 16.5 points per out­ing as a sopho­more and 14.4 points per con­test as a ju­nior last sea­son.

Still, Weather­spoon was thank­ful for the tips.

“They want me to jump higher on my jump shot,” Weather­spoon said. “I've been try­ing to work on that more. Other than that, ev­ery­thing else was great. They like my size, but just want me to shoot a bet­ter jump shot and get up in the air a lit­tle bit more.”

In order to build on last year's run to the Na­tional In­vi­ta­tional Tour­na­ment Fi­nal Four, MSU has stepped up the prepa­ra­tion for next sea­son.

Weather­spoon has watched as the other Bull­dogs have at­tacked summer work­outs with pur­pose.

“Ev­ery­body is work­ing hard as far as our goal this year for the sea­son,” Weather­spoon said. “Over­all, this is prob­a­bly go­ing to be the best and im­proved summer I've had since I've been here.”

(Photo by Ja­son Cleve­land, for Starkville Daily News)

Mis­sis­sippi State's Quin­ndary Weather­spoon looks up the court dur­ing a game last sea­son.

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