BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — WKU Hilltopper Basketball head coach Rick Stansbury announced
Friday the signing of transfer Eli Wright (6-5, Guard).
Wright comes to The Hill from St. John’s, where he sat out the 2018-19 season as a
transfer after two seasons at Mississippi State.
“We’re excited to have Eli join our team,” Stansbury said. “He’s gained some
valuable college experience that he brings with him. I think it will be good for him
and our program having him back close to home.”
Wright – an Owensboro, Ky., native – appeared in 64 games for Mississippi State over
his first two years of college, averaging 3.0 points and 2.2 rebounds in 13.8
minutes per game as a sophomore in 2017-18 as the Bulldogs reached the NIT
He averaged 3.5 points and 1.6 rebounds in 13.1 minutes as a freshman, shooting 52.9
percent from the field and 40.7 percent from 3-point range.
Wright was ranked as a consensus four-star prospect and top-100 recruit in the 2016
class by every major recruiting outlet.
He averaged 23.6 points per game as a senior at 22 Feet Academy in Greenville, S.C.,
after averaging 20.6 points and 7.5 rebounds as a junior at Apollo High School in
Owensboro. He received All-State honors from the Courier-Journal as a junior and
netted 52 of 136 3-point attempts.
Wright is the seventh Kentucky native on the Hilltoppers’ 2019-20 roster. That is
the most Kentuckians WKU has had on its roster since 1980-81.