After more than two full seasons of showing lots of promise, but also lots of inconsistency, Kansas State junior Dean Wade has turned himself into one of the best players in the Big 12 this year in conference play — and clearly the best stretch-4 in the conference.
So don’t be surprised if he earns first-team All Big 12 honors after the season. And don’t be shocked if it’s unanimous.
Statistically, Wade is having the best season by a K-State player since Rodney McGruder’s 2012-13 campaign. According to Sports Reference, Wade has 5.0 win shares through Wednesday’s game at Texas. McGruder finished 2012-13 with 5.2. Wade’s win shares also place him fifth in the Big 12, only behind guards Jevon Carter, Devonte’ Graham, Trae Young, and Keenan Evans and solidly ahead of sixth-place Mohamed Bamba.
With a solid finish and an NCAA Tournament run, Wade could end the season with the most win shares since Jacob Pullen’s 2009-10 season.
Wade cracks the top five in the Big 12 in lots of statistical categories, the top 10 in most, and the top 20 in virtually all categories. Just looking at the most common counting stats, he is fifth in points, eighth in rebounds, 18th in assists, seventh in steals, and 14th in blocks.
There are two common counting stats he doesn’t crack the top 20 in, though: turnovers and fouls!
It is possible things could change between now and the end of the season, but by virtually any measure, Dean Wade should be a first-team All Big 12 selection.