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Mississippi State’s Quinndary Weatherspoon to Miss Rest of 2016-17 Season

Weatherspoon was averaging 18.8 ppg and 5.0 rpg in Mississippi State’s first four games.

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Well, this is bad news.

Weatherspoon was averaging 18.8 ppg and 5.0 rpg for Mississippi State, which started the season 3-1. Weatherspoon was injured in Friday’s 80-68 win over Boise State, in which he scored 25 points; he played hurt on Sunday in a 61-54 win over UTEP, and though he played 36 minutes, he shot just 2-of-9 from the floor. Weatherspoon was confirmed to be hurt when the team returned to Starkville on Monday, and the decision was made to hold him out for the rest of the season.

What does this mean for Mississippi State? Very bad things.

For one thing, this means that the Bulldogs only have nine scholarship players available at the present time, with freshman Abdul Ado ruled ineligible and sophomore transfer Xavian Stapleton recovering from an injury. Even worse, seven of those nine players are freshmen. A young team just got even younger. As for Weatherspoon, assuming he doesn’t play the rest of the season he’ll be eligible for a medical hardship.