Head coach Doc Sadler announced the addition of Golden Eagle legend Clarence Weatherspoon to his staff in Aug. 2016.
Weatherspoon's No. 35 jersey is the only one retired in program history. His 2,130 points are the second all-time at the school and inspired the Philadelphia 76ers to make him the ninth overall pick in the 1992 draft. Weatherspoon set a franchise rookie record with 1,290 points and evaded the sophomore slump with 45 double-doubles, the seventh-most in NBA history.
He averaged 11.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per game throughout his 13-year NBA career. That stretch included stops in Philadelphia (1992-98), Golden State (1998), Miami (1999-00), Cleveland (2000-01), New York (2001-03) and Houston (2003-05).
Weatherspoon's dunks and iron-man abilities were the most distinguishable factors of his playing days. He played in 231 consecutive games for one stretch in his Philly years and also competed in the 1993 Slam Dunk Contest.
Weatherspoon has also had plenty of professional success in the private sector. As CEO of 3535 Entertainment, his responsibilities included contract negotiations, artist development, management and tour support. As a result, he negotiated label contracts with Asylum Records and Warner Music Group.
He has also been a speaker at schools, camps and banquets and presented on numerous occasions including TV and radio as a former athlete. His hardwood success also blended there as well, organizing basketball camps in Brazil and Germany.
He is a native of Crawford, Miss. and earned his degree from Southern Miss as well in 1993.