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Thursday / November 14.
  • Western Kentucky adds St. John’s transfer Eli Wright

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    Western Kentucky has officially added St. John’s transfer Eli Wright.

    The 6-foot-5 Wright sat out the 2018-19 season at St. John’s as a transfer after two seasons at Mississippi State. He opted to leave the Queens school without playing a single game.

    “We’re excited to have Eli join our team,” WKU coach Rick 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 semifinals.

    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.

    (Photo: USA Today; Release: WKU Athletics)

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.