Fort Hays State WBB adds another D-I transfer in UNO’s Wilson

FHSU Athletics
Ryan Prickett

HAYS – Fort Hays State head women’s basketball coach Tony Hobson has announced the signing of Kia Wilson, a Division I transfer from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. Wilson will join the Tigers with three years of eligibility beginning in the fall of 2021.

A Manhattan, Kan. native, Wilson appeared in 39 games in two seasons as a Maverick, averaging 4.5 points and 2.7 rebounds per game. A 6-1 forward, Wilson scored in double figures six times, including a career-best 13 points at Purdue-Fort Wayne as a freshman (2/22/20). She corralled at least five rebounds nine times, including a personal-best nine in her hometown at K-State (11/8/19).

Kia, pronounced KI-ah, accumulated 174 points, 106 rebounds, 16 assists, 23 blocks and 12 steals in her time at Nebraska-Omaha. She hit 47.6 percent of her shots (69-of-145).

Wilson was a four-year letterwinner at Manhattan High School before graduating in 2019. She averaged 13.8 points, 7.6 rebounds, 3.0 blocks, 2.0 assists and 1.7 steals per game as a senior, going on to earn numerous honors, including first team all-conference, second team Class 6A All-State, KBCA All-Star status and all-tournament team recognition at the Hays City Shootout. Wilson concluded her high school career ranked fifth all-time in scoring and rebounding, second all-time in blocks and as the record holder for field goal percentage at MHS.

She helped the Indians win the Kansas Class 6A State Championship in 2017 as a sophomore in addition to a pair of sub-state championships and multiple Centennial League titles. She was an honorable mention Kansas Class 6A State all-tournament team selection as a sophomore and junior. Other honors include Mid-America Classic all-tournament team as a junior, Hays City Shootout all-tournament team honors as a sophomore and all-Flint Hills second team honors as a sophomore.

Wilson also lettered in volleyball, earning Kansas Volleyball Association All-Academic first team honors. She was a member of the National Honor Society while earning multiple academic honors, including the distinguished junior class athlete award and being named KMAN Student-Athlete of the Week as a sophomore. Wilson was high school teammates with former Tiger Madison Mittie for one season at MHS.

2021 Fort Hays State Women’s Basketball Signing Class
Name Pos. Ht. Yr. Hometown High School Previous School
Kate Dilsaver G 5-10 Fr. Lincoln, Neb. Lincoln Southwest HS
Megan Earney G 5-10 Fr. Clive, Iowa Waukee HS
Grace Eck G 5-5 Fr. Ellis, Kan. Ellis HS
Lauren West G 5-11 R-So. Omaha, Neb. Millard North HS Missouri-Kansas City
Kia Wilson F 6-1 R-So. Manhattan, Kan. Manhattan HS Nebraska-Omaha

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