Former Mississippi State players Quinndary Weatherspoon, Aric Holman and Lamar Peters are set to open up new chapters of their lives as they begin chasing their dreams of playing in the National Basketball Association.
One of their biggest supporters is their college coach back in Starkville.
MSU head coach Ben Howland met with the media on Tuesday and emphasized his support for Weatherspoon, Holman and Peters. Weatherspoon was taken by the San Antonio Spurs with the 49th pick during the second round of the NBA Draft last Thursday. Holman signed a free agent deal with the Los Angeles Lakers last Friday, while Peters agreed to terms to play for the New York Knicks in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas next month.
“They’ve worked very, very hard,” Howland said of his former players. “Now a whole new chapter starts.”
Weatherspoon is one of only three MSU players to score over 2,000 career points as a Bulldog. He became the 25th player in Mississippi State history to be taken in the NBA Draft and first MSU player to be chosen since Arnett Moultrie in 2012.
According to Howland, Weatherspoon was slated to begin practicing with the Spurs on Tuesday.
Holman averaged 8.3 points and 5.6 rebounds per game during his MSU tenure. He’ll now try to earn a spot on the Lakers roster over the coming weeks. Holman is slated to start practicing with Los Angeles today. Howland said Holman has been guaranteed a spot in training camp with the Lakers.
Peters scored 10.7 points per game in his career at State. He averaged 11.9 points and 5.2 assists per game last year.
None of those collegiate numbers matter much anymore though for Weatherspoon, Holman and Peters. Now, it’s all about showing their talents translate to the NBA.
“Now you have to go out and prove yourself all over again,” Howland said.
For additional notes on the Mississippi State men's basketball team, see Wednesday's Starkville Daily News.