Perhaps no other player has made the impact on Southern Miss basketball
as Clarence Weatherspoon. Weatherspoon
started for the Eagles from the 1988-89
season through the 1991-92 season. His
number “ 35” was retired during the final
home game of the 1991-92 season on Mar.
During the Weatherspoon era, the Golden
Eagles posted back-to-back 20-win seasons
and played in the NCAA Tournament twice.
The Crawford, Miss., native was named the
Metro Conference Player-of-the-Year a record
Weatherspoon finished as Southern
Miss’ second all-time leading scorer and as
the ninth all-time leading scorer in Metro
Conference history, with 2, 130 points.
In addition, Weatherspoon finished as
USM’s all-time leading rebounder with
1,317 rebounds, and ranks as the Metro
Conference’s all-time leading rebounder
with an 11. 3 per-game average.
Weatherspoon went on to be selected
in the first round (9th pick overall) by the
Philadelphia 76ers where, in his rookie
season, he set a franchise record for most
points in a season by a rookie, with 1,290.
Disproving the “Sophomore Jinx” theory,
“Spoon” went out the next year to record
45 double-doubles, which was the seventh-
he recorded his 1,000th career assist during
the 1999 season.
NBA Career Highs
35 at Toronto, 4/21/96
10, two times
Defensive Rebounds: 17 vs. Washington,
Total Rebounds: 24 vs. Orlando, 2/28/03
13 vs. Charlotte, 2/7/94
7 vs. Washington, 2/28/95
7 at Toronto, 4/21/96
Minutes Played: 50, vs. Orlando, 2/28/03
highest single-season total in the NBA that
The Golden Eagle standout also has
proven to be an iron horse in the NBA as he
started 213-consecutive games before suffering a sprained ankle against the Minnesota
Timberwolves on Feb. 15, 1995.
During the 1996-97 Philadelphia 76er
campaign, “Spoon” was the only Sixer to
start all 82 games, and scored a season-high
that year of 34 points and 10 rebounds,
against his future team, Golden State.
Heading into the current season, he has
played in 875 games out of a possible 984.
On Feb. 17, 1998, Weatherspoon was
traded to the Golden State Warriors. A
month later against Toronto, Weatherspoon
totaled 18 points and pulled down a season-high 20 boards.
played six seasons
(1992-93 to 1997-
98), one with
Golden State (1997-
98), two in Miami
(1998-00), one in
with New York. In
his 13-year career,
he has scored
10,360 points and
pulled down 6,724
rebounds and is
entering his second season with
He also has
started 594 of 875
31. 1 minutes a
game, 11. 8 points a
game, 7. 7 rebounds
a game, and totaled
788 blocked shots,
871 steals, and
how versatile he is,