Mississippi State senior guard Quinndary Weatherspoon continued to add to his tremendous legacy on Tuesday while freshman Reggie Perry was given more reason to believe he’ll also forever be a well-remembered Bulldog.
Weatherspoon was chosen as a first team All-Southeastern Conference selection by both The Associated Press and SEC coaches. Meanwhile Perry was picked by league coaches to the SEC All-Freshman Team.
“(Weatherspoon’s awards were) very well-deserved,” Mississippi State head coach Ben Howland said. “After two years in a row of being second team, I’m sure he had to be unanimous on that team, then Reggie Perry making the All-Freshman Team is very well-deserved. He had an outstanding freshman campaign in the regular season.”
Both Weatherspoon and Perry have put together special seasons. Weatherspoon led the SEC in conference games with 19.4 points per contest. Overall, he finished third in the league with 18.5 points per game.
Meanwhile Perry finished third in the SEC in rebounding during league games as he averaged 8.2 each outing. Perry nearly averaged a double-double in conference play as he also scored 11.2 points per game in State’s 18 SEC battles.
“This year has been pretty good,” Perry said. “It’s had a lot of ups and downs in it, but my teammates continued to encourage me. I got better. I worked hard throughout the year. It’s just a blessing to be named to the All-Freshman Team.”
Perry is the fourth Bulldog to be chosen an SEC All-Freshman in the last four seasons. Weatherspoon won the honor in his debut campaign back in 2015-16, then his little brother, Nick Weatherspoon, along with Lamar Peters each were chosen after the 2016-17 season.
As for Quinndary Weatherspoon’s first team All-SEC selection, he’s the first Bulldog to earn first-team All-SEC recognition since Dee Bost and Arnett Moultrie both were first-teamers after the 2011-12 season.
Weatherspoon and Perry will soon get the chance to continue their outstanding seasons. Mississippi State begins play in the SEC Tournament at approximately 8:30 p.m. on Thursday against either Texas A&M or Vanderbilt, then, next week, it’s a virtual certainty that the Bulldogs will begin play in their first NCAA Tournament in a decade.
A large part of the reason State will take part in the madness of March is the play of Weatherspoon and Perry.
“I’m excited for both of those kids,” Howland said.