After a Senior year consisting of 18.5 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game Quinndary Weatherspoon played his heart out among other NBA Draft prospects at the Portsmouth Invitational in Portsmouth, Virginia. Weatherspoon was the fourth leading scorer at the Invitational averaging 17.3 points per game over the three game tournament where his team Sales System, Ltd would finish as the runner-up. The buzz around Portsmouth was that Weatherspoon appeared to be the best all-around prospect over the weekend as he displayed an improved offensive awareness and shot selection compared to his Bulldog days.
Now, Weatherspoon has secured an invite to the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago. While the Combine is not all that important for potential Lottery picks such as Zion Williamson and Ja Morant, it is yet another place where slept-on players like Q can improve their draft stock.
Weatherspoon is already reaping the benefits of his work this offseason. The latest Sport’s Illustrated Big Board listed him at No. 69 (nice) after being left out of their top 80 in their last board. Additionally, per Houston Rockets beat writer Jonathon Feigen, the Rockets worked out Weatherspoon prior to their Game 5 victory in the First Round of the Western Conference playoffs.
While waiting for Game 5, draft prep underway. Rockets holding predraft workout today with Mississippi guard Quinndary Weatherspoon, Washington guard Jalyen Nowell and Campbell guard Chris Clemons. (Rockets do not currently have a pick in this season's draft.)— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) April 24, 2019
As Feigen mentions, it is worth noting that the Rockets do not currently own a pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. Nevertheless, getting workouts in with teams before the NBA draft is always a great sign. Plus, if the Rockets feel that Weatherspoon is their guy and do not want to risk signing him to an undrafted free agent contract after the draft, they could easily bargain their way into the mid to late second round. I mean it’s one second round draft pick Michael, how much could it cost, 10 dollars?