Clarence Weatherspoon

Weatherpoon, Clarence_HeadshotBorn:  September 8, 1970
Hometown: Crawford, MS
Year of Induction: 2015


Motley High School, 1985-88

  • Early high school basketball career slowed by football injuries
  • All-State as a junior and senior
  • Class Salutatorian

Southern Miss, 1988-1992

  • Chose USM over Auburn, Tennessee, South Alabama, North Carolina-Charlotte and many others, primarily because of Hall of Famer M.K. Turk’s fast-paced style of play
  • Four-time All Metro Conference
  • Three time Metro Conference Player of the Year when the league included Louisville, Memphis, Cincinnati, Marquette, Florida State, Virginia Tech, South Carolina and others
  • All-time leading rebounder at USM and in the Metro Conference
  • Averaged more than 18 points and 11 rebounds for his career
  • USM’s second all-time leading scorer behind Hall of Famer Nick Revon
  • Averaged more than 18 points and 11 rebounds for his career
  • Led USM to back-to-back 20-win seasons and two NCAA Tournament appearances
  • School’s all-time leading shot blocker
  • His jersey number, 35, was retired prior to his final home game at USM


  • Lottery pick of the Philadelphia 76ers, ninth pick overall in 1992 draft
  • Averaged 15.6 points and 7.2 rebounds as a rookie, making NBA’s All-Rookie team
  • Averaged a double-double (18.4 points, 10.1 rebounds) a game in second season
  • Played for six NBA teams, the Sixers, Golden State, Miami, Cleveland, New York and Houston
  • Averaged 11.5 points and 7.5 rebounds for 13-year NBA career

Did you know?

  • “Spoon” was inducted into the USM athletic Hall of Fame in 2006 and the university’s alumni Hall of Fame in 2007, the second athlete to be inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame following fellow Mississippi Sports Hall of Famer Ray Guy.