NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Associate Head Coach Shereka Wright will be inducted into the Purdue Hall of Fame Class of 2020, as announced by her alma mater on Wednesday.
Wright, who is in her second season at Vanderbilt and serves as the program’s recruiting coordinator, was a four-year letterwinner at Purdue from 2001-04. She is the only three-time All-American in program history and one of only three 2,000-point scorers and three-time first-team All-Big Ten players.
Wright amassed 2,251 points (second in Purdue history) and 793 rebounds (seventh) over the course of her career, to go with 177 blocked shots (10th), 291 assists (17th) and 129 steals. Her 350 offensive rebounds are the most in school annals. Wright made and attempted more free throws than any player in Big Ten Conference history, going 776 for 1,071 from the line.
Wright was named to the 2001 Women’s Final Four All-Tournament team as Purdue finished as the national runner-up. She was a finalist for national player of the year honors as a junior and a senior.
The Boilermakers were Big Ten regular-season champions in 2001 and 2002 and tournament winners in 2003 and 2004, with Wright being selected the tournament most outstanding player on both occasions. Purdue advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight and Sweet 16 during Wright’s junior and senior years.
A native of Copperas Cove, Texas, Wright earned her bachelor’s degree in health and fitness. She was the 13th overall pick in the 2004 WNBA Draft by the Detroit Shock and went on to play two seasons for the Phoenix Mercury. Wright subsequently was an assistant coach at Texas Tech (2006-13) and Alabama (2013-18) before joining the Commodores. She has a daughter, Lennox.
Induction is scheduled for Feb. 21 at New Journey Farms in Lafayette, Indiana. Tickets will be available through the John Purdue Club in early January.