PULLMAN - On Wednesday night, Washington State Cougar forward CJ Elleby became the first WSU player to be selected in the NBA Draft since sharpshooter Klay Thompson in 2011. Elleby will stay in the Northwest after being selected 46th overall by the Portland Trailblazers.
Elleby, who attended Cleveland High School in Seattle, WA, averaged 18.4 points and almost 8 rebounds per game and was named first team All Pac-12 during his sophomore season with the Cougars before opting out of his final two years of school to prepare for the NBA Draft. Elleby was also the third-fastest Cougar to reach 1,000 points scored in the school's history.
The 6'6" forward led the Cougs to their first win in the Pac-12 Tournament in 11 seasons when he dropped 30 against Colorado in the final game of the 2019-20 college basketball season. Coincidentally, this was also Elleby's last game in a Washington State uniform. That season he scored in double-figures 28 times, scored 589 points (8th all-time and 3rd best for a WSU sophomore), and made 74 made three-pointers (2 shy of the sophomore record of 76 set by Klay Thompson in 2010).