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It’s been a good four-year run for Quinndary Weatherspoon at Mississippi State.

The Bulldogs have gotten better and better each year Weatherspoon has been on the team and the best may have been saved for last.

Weatherspoon has helped coach Ben Howland’s team get in position to make the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2009.

Howland said it has been the hard work of Weatherspoon that has allowed him to thrive lately during his senior season at MSU.

“He’s had another great year,” Howland said. “He has really played good here in the last 10 games of our season and has been very consistent with his effort. He puts in the work outside of our practices. He’s shooting every day on top of what we do and really puts the time in. He’s playing really good basketball and I’m really proud of him. He’s got a bright future.”

When the Howell Trophy finalists were announced on Monday, Weatherspoon’s name was listed along with Breein Tyree of Ole Miss and Cortez Edwards of Southern Miss.

Weatherspoon averages 20.1 points per game during Southeastern Conference games, which leads the league. He is the SEC’s active leading scorer and recently passed Jim Ashmore for third place on State’s all-time scoring list at 1,929 career points.

With 20 or more points in seven games since the start of February, Weatherspoon averages 22.6 points per game. He also averages 2.4 assists and 2.1 steals per outing.

There is a guarantee the Bulldogs will secure the Gillom Trophy once again this year as the finalists are Teaira McCowan, Jordan Danberry and Anriel Howard.

McCowan leads the SEC in rebounding at 13.4 boards per game and scores 17.3 points per outing, while Howard has 42 career doubles-doubles and has six games this season of 20 points or more, and Danberry is third on the team with 13.3 points per game and has scored in double figures in 13 of 16 SEC contests.

MSU will capture its fifth consecutive Gillom Trophy after Victoria Vivians has gotten the last four.

The trophies are awarded annually to the best male and female college basketball players in the state of Mississippi.

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