Tyler Horka Mississippi Clarion Ledger
Published 3:07 PM EDT Mar 11, 2019
The two best basketball players in the state of Mississippi call Starkville home.
Mississippi State Bulldogs Teaira McCowan and Quinndary Weatherspoon won the 2019 Gillom and Howell Trophies, respectively. The awards were given out Monday afternoon during a ceremony presented by C Spire at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum.
Weatherspoon, a senior at State, won the Howell Trophy for the second-straight season. McCowan, also a senior, won the Gillom Trophy to give Mississippi State the hardware for the fifth-straight year. Victoria Vivians won it the previous four times.
Weatherspoon won his award over Ole Miss’ Breein Tyree and Southern Miss’ Cortez Edwards. Weatherspoon and Tyree are tied for second in the SEC in points per game this season with 18.5.
McCowan, meanwhile, won her award over teammates Anriel Howard and Jordan Danberry. McCowan was named the SEC Player of the Year last week and just guided the Bulldogs to their first-ever SEC Tournament Championship. She was named the MVP of the tournament after averaging 22.7 points and 13.3 rebounds in the three games.
Weatherspoon has yet to make his splash in the SEC Tournament. The Bulldogs begin their run in Nashville on Thursday against Texas A&M, who Mississippi State just beat handily on senior day last Saturday.
No matter what happens in Nashville, Weatherspoon did enough to lead Mississippi State to its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 10 years with a spectacular showing during SEC play. The Bulldogs are a projected as a No. 5 seed in USA Today’s latest bracketology release.
The Mississippi State’s women’s team will be dancing as well, of course. With a sweep of the regular season and tournament SEC crowns, the Bulldogs are projected as a No. 1 seed in the Portland Region in ESPN’s latest bracketology reveal.
The men will know where they are officially heading for the NCAA Tournament on Sunday, while the women will find out on Monday.
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