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Mississippi State 2016 Signee Eli Wright Update

Mississippi State men's basketball class of 2016 signee Eli Wright of 22 Feet Academy played in the Hot Bed Classic in New Albany, MS Saturday night. He earned his team's Most Valuable Player Award at the conclusion of the game.

  • Name: Eli Wright
  • Classification: 2016
  • High School: 22 Foot Academy
  • Position: Shooting Guard
  • HT-WT: 6-foot-4, 195
  • Ranking: 4-Star
  • Colleges of Interest: Signed with Mississippi State

Wright, who showed incredible athleticism during his team's win during the classic, described his overall game.

"I am an attacker, I like to get to the rim, use my ball-handling, my body and my athleticism to get to the rack," he said. "I also take pride in my defense because defense creates offense. I take my defense seriously. I know that (Mississippi State head basketball coach) Ben Howland is trying to base his program around defense, so I am working hard on my defense."

Knowing he needed to continue to improve his game, he transferred to one of the top prep schools in the country. 22 Feet Academy, Greenville, South Carolina.

"Playing with them has helped me grow a lot as a player," said Wright. "When I play in the SEC there will be people who can jump as high as me. In practice I go against guys like Darius Hicks and Jordan Bowden. They have the same type athleticism as me. Due to that, I have to be able to use my creativity to finish at the basket."

Prior to playing in the Hot Bed Classic, he attended the Ole Miss-Mississippi State basketball game earlier in the day.

"I went to the Ole Miss-Mississippi State game and the atmosphere was crazy," said Wright. "You could tell everybody is engaged and everybody is a big family there. You can tell they love their players. I can't wait to get there."

Wright is really looking forward to playing for Mississippi State head coach Ben Howland.

"He has been in the game for a long time," said Wright. "He is somebody who knows how to develop people to where they need to go. That is one of the reasons that I chose Mississippi State. I know he will be able to develop me and help me become the player that I want to become."

Although an outstanding athlete who can create his own shot and get to the rim almost at will, he understands one aspect of his game needs improvement, his outside shot. He believes Howland will be able to help him with that part of his game.

"He has talked to me about fixing my (outside) shot," said Wright. "He told me that since I am a lefty my body naturally turns and he said he can help me square my body more when I shoot. He said he can help me have the same form on every shot."

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