BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Gavin Ware and Quinndary Weatherspoon of Mississippi State have been named finalists for the C Spire Howell Trophy on Monday. The third finalist is Stephan Moody of Ole Miss.
Ware and Weatherspoon are the first Bulldogs to be named finalists since Arnett Moultrie and Dee Bost in 2011-12. Moultrie won the trophy that season.
The award is named after former Mississippi State great Bailey Howell and is presented to the top college basketball player in the state.
This year's award will be presented Monday, March 7 at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum in Jackson.
Ware has scored a a career best 421 points, netting 15.6 points per game. He leads the SEC in field goal percentage with a .619 clip, and that ranks 14th in the nation.
The Starkville native stands 17th on Mississippi State's all-time scoring list with 1,322 points and sixth on State's all-time rebounding chart with 857.
Weatherspoon has blossomed as a freshman bagging 14.8 points and 23 steals in SEC play. In the Bulldogs freshman record book, he stands sixth in scoring average (12.0), seventh in steals (37) and 3-point field goals made (36) and ninth in points scored (336) and field goals made (124).
Stephan Moody has been the offensive spark plug for the Rebels. He's averaging 22.8 points per game, 4.4 assists, 3.1 rebounds and 1.4 steals.