USM hires Clarence Weatherspoon as men's assistant basketball coach

USM hires Clarence Weatherspoon as men's assistant basketball coach

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The University of Southern Mississippi has hired a legend to its basketball coaching staff.

Golden Eagle head coach Doc Sadler and the program announced Tuesday afternoon that Weatherspoon and former director of basketball operations Chris Croft would both be accepting assistant coaching positions with Southern Miss.

"My glory days have past, but my knowledge is still there," Spoon said during the announcement.

Chris Croft has also been named as an assistant coach. Croft was formally the director of Basketball Operations.

Weatherspoon returns to the Golden Eagle family after playing from 1988-1992. The Crawford, Mississippi, native holds the distinction of being the only three-time Metro Conference player of the year and helped the Golden Eagles advance to their first two NCAA Tournament appearances in 1990 and 1991.

In 1991, the Golden Eagles went 21-9 before losing to NC State in the national tournament. That year would be significant for Weatherspoon, as he would be the focus of a five-page feature in Sports Illustrated.

On March 7, 1992, Weatherspoon became the first Golden Eagle to have his jersey retired as his No. 35 uniform was hung on the night of his final home game with Southern Miss.

Weatherspoon went on to have a successful 13-year NBA career with six different teams spending the bulk of his career with the Philadelphia 76ers who drafted him ninth overall in the 1992 NBA Draft.

He averaged 11.5 points throughout his NBA seasons and finished runner-up in the 1993 Slam Dunk contest.

Weatherspoon's accomplishments at USM include three Metro conference player of the year awards. He is the only three time winner of the award.