Not to be overshadowed by K-State's big win against Stephen F. Austin, Bruce Weber picked up his first in-state commitment, three star Dean Wade from Saint John Kansas.
Verbally committed to K-State today! Thank you to everyone that helped! Can't wait to wear purple! Blessed to be a part of it! #EMAW— dean wade (@deanwade3232) August 31, 2014
Ranked nationally as the 107th high school player by rivals.com, Wade checks in at 6'8" and 215 pounds. Wade also held offers from Wichita St, Oklahoma, Oregon State, and Iowa among others. Kansas also showed some interest but never offered the Saint John standout.
Wade is pretty familiar with Bramlage Coliseum, as he helped lead Saint John to the 2A state championship over Plainville, which also capped an undefeated season for the Tigers. Playing at only 75% according to his coach, Clint Kinnamon, Wade was still able to score 19 points in the championship game, while averaging 22 points, 8 rebounds, and 3.7 blocks per game during his junior campaign.
This is the third commitment of the 2015 class for the Wildcats, and all three commits are rated as three stars by rivals. The prior commits are 6'9" power-forward Eric Cobb of Potter's House in Jacksonville, FL. and Barry Brown a 6'3" point-guard from St. Petersburg, FL. It appears Coach Weber is targeting the front line for the 2015 class, which should help cover the loss of seniors Thomas Gipson, and Nino Williams.