Big House gathering: Several Bulldogs take show to own backyard in Jackson

Mississippi State's Quinndary Weatherspoon shown here during his days at Velma Jackson.

Staff Writer

In the midst of what is shaping up to be a special basketball season, several Mississippi State players are taking their show to their own backyard.

MSU plays in Jackson Saturday night at the Mississippi Coliseum (a.k.a. Big House). The No. 17 Bulldogs (10-1) battle Wright State (6-6) at 6 p.m. It’ll be a homecoming of sorts for three Bulldogs who hail from the Jackson area, including senior guard and leading scorer Quinndary Weatherspoon.

“It means a lot just knowing that I get to go back close to home where a lot of my family can come watch me play,” Weatherspoon said. “Some people don’t get the chance to come to Starkville to see me play.”
Quinndary Weatherspoon and his brother, sophomore MSU guard Nick Weatherspoon, are from Canton. Both attended Velma Jackson High School in their prep days.

State junior forward Mitchell Storm is from Madison. He played at Madison Central during his high school career.

So the Weatherspoons and Storm will get the chance to enjoy a game near their old stomping grounds Saturday night.

It’s a big contest too for MSU as it looks to maintain its early-season momentum. The Bulldogs have won seven in a row. To keep rolling, they will have to topple a Wright State squad that has won its last two games.

Wright State is led by junior forward Bill Wampler and sophomore center Loudon Love. Wampler averages 14.7 points per game. Meanwhile Love, last year’s Freshman of the Year in the Horizon League, averages nearly a double-double with 14 points and 8.8 rebounds per contest.

MSU men's head basketball coach Ben Howland believes the Raiders can absolutely be dangerous.

“They were picked to win their league (this year),” Howland noted.

However the Bulldogs will try to avoid the upset behind their Jackson-area stars. Quinndary Weatherspoon is setting the pace for the Bulldogs with his 16.6 points per game. Nick Weatherspoon is fourth on the MSU squad with 10.1 points per outing.

The Weatherspoon brothers plan to do all they can to make Saturday night a happy homecoming and a special evening.

“Just going to Jackson – I’ve played there multiple times and won three state championships in (the Mississippi Coliseum during high school),” Quinndary Weatherspoon said. “So it’s going to be exciting to go back and get to play there for my last time.”