2019 NBA Draft Profile: Quinndary Weatherspoon
Quinndary Weatherspoon is a productive scoring guard with a nice combination of length, strength, and athleticism. Widely regarded as a top-100 prospect in the high school class of 2015 out of Velma Jackson High School, Weatherspoon emerged as an instant contributor at Mississippi State as a true freshman averaging 11.8 points and 4.8 rebounds per game. Showing improvement in each of his four seasons at the college level, the Canton, Mississippi native scored 18.5 points per game as a senior to earn All-SEC 1st Team honors and guide the Bulldogs to an NCAA Tournament berth.
- Possesses decent size for a guard measured at 6’4.25 in shoes with a solid 6’9 wingspan and a strong 207-pound frame at the NBA Combine. Fluid athlete with good body control and nice explosiveness on the move.
- Tough, aggressive offensive player who made shots at a strong rate from all-three level playing a smart, simple style. Led the Bulldogs in scoring each of the last three seasons. Proved to be a highly opportunistic finisher adept at attacking gaps for straight-line drives to the rim and filling lanes in transition. Spaced the floor effectively as well displaying some versatility scoring efficiently playing both on and off the ball as a senior.
- Did much of his damage hunting opportunities at the rim. Takes the ball strong and decisively to the basket. Got 23% of his possessions in Transition and over half of his shots in the half court in finishing situations regularly looking to turn the corner on dribble drives out of ball screen actions. Scored a terrific 1.141 points per Transition possession [70th percentile] and 1.220 points per shot around the rim in the half court [68th percentile]. Not the most explosive finisher, but aggressiveness and body control made him very consistent in close at the college level. Plays above the rim with a head of steam. Uses savvy footwork and floaters showing the craftiness befitting of a senior.
- Scored most efficiently as a Spot Up shooter. 17% of his shots in the half court were set jumpers which he converted for a sensational 1.636 points per catch and shoot jump shot in the half court [99th percentile]. Was not especially prolific from beyond the arc, but was extremely reliable with time and space. Also proved very capable off the dribble scoring 1.000 points per pull-up jump shot [85th percentile]. Settles for few mid-range shots, but can make dribble jumpers with range getting 23% of his shots in the half court on pull-ups. Does not have the quickest release, but has simple, consistent mechanics that keeps defenders honest.
- Makes the simple pass consistently as a passer displaying a mature feel for the game.
- Ranked 2nd in the SEC in Transition scoring (4.5 ppg)
- Competitive defender whose length, strength, and anticipation are a plus when he’s dialed in. Steady defender on and off the ball who will scrap for loose balls and rebounds. Not overwhelmingly quick for a guard, but makes an effort to be physical.
- Allowed 0.714 points per Isolation possession [60th percentile] and 0.800 points per Post Up possession [53rd percentile] showing the ability to guard some forwards one-on-one.