MSU’s McCowan, Weatherspoon named top college basketball players in Mississippi


JACKSON, Miss (WJTV) – This wasn’t your typical Monday afternoon at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame.

No, today was a special day for so many in attendance at the C-Spire Gillom and Howell trophy presentation luncheon.

It was a clean sweep by Mississippi State; Quinndary Weatherspoon won the C-Spire Howell trophy, while Teaira McCowan took home the C-Spire Gillom trophy.

This wasn’t Weatherspoon’s first time in the spotlight. He won the Howell award last year as well, and became the first bulldog to win the award twice.

“It hit me the other night, Saturday night, during senior day,
said Weatherspoon. But just winning this award, just knowing that Bailey Howell, one of the greatest players to ever play at Mississippi State, and for me to come in from Mississippi State and be able to win it, it’s a big accomplishment for me.”

Weatherspoon is nothing if not dependable.

He’s averaged at least 14 points per game three of his four seasons at MSU.

His coach, Ben Howland, said as much about his star guard after Mondays ceremony.

“Well number one he’s a great kid,
Howland. He comes from a great family. He loves the game, loves his teammates. Phenomenal competitor and he’s just incredibly talented. He has a great way about him where he’s consistent with his effort and consistent every night with his performance.”

Weatherspoon wasn’t the only Bulldog to take home an award.

Teaira McCowan added the C-Spire Gillom trophy to her mantle after being named the Most Valuable Player of the SEC tournament over the weekend.

After being named the top female college basketball player in the state, McCowan took time to reflect on her journey to this moment.

“I didn’t really think, you know, coming into college, you know, I would be where I am today,
said McCowan. I mean it was a long hard road, I had to mature a lot and had to, you know, take a step back and try to get a lot of information because I knew that my coaches knew what was best for me.”

However it was what McCowan’s coach, Vic Shaefer, said about his star center that really put things in perspective about what she’s meant to Mississippi State, and himself.

“[She] just made an impact at our University,
explained Shaefer. As I said she’s not only impacted my coaching career, but she’s made me a better father and a better coach. So the lessons Ive learned in the four years I’ve been with her are far reaching and everlasting”

Weatherspoon still has the SEC Tournament to play, which gets underway this week.

Meanwhile McCowan has a little bit of time to rest and relax after a tough SEC tournament run, as the Lady Bulldogs prepare for yet another NCAA tournament appearance.

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