But when the 6-foot-7, 180-pound 2013 small forward and son of former Michigan player Butch Wade made the move to the USA and enrolled at Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep, high major schools were quick to start recruiting him.
"I got the opportunity to come to Findlay and I took advantage of it," Wade said.
While Wade was nursing an injury and didn't play much in Findlay Prep's game against Future College Prep in Staples Center on Wednesday, he described himself as an unselfish player.
"I just try to be a team player and make my teammates look good," he said. "I try to be in the right spot at the right time and do the right things. I have to work on my post game and really just every aspect of my game. I want to get it all as good as possible."
The uncommitted senior mentioned four schools recruiting him the hardest and broke down what he likes about all of them.
UCLA: "It's in Los Angeles and I love L.A. The school is great and I've heard the campus is great. I'm not familiar with the campus but I've heard a lot of good things about it, especially from Allerik Freeman, who is committed there."
USC: "USC is exactly the same. I've heard some good things from Gavin Schilling about them."
San Diego State: "(Steve Fisher) was my dad's old coach so the relationship between him and my dad is really close. I might want to go there just because he's helped my dad so much and maybe he can help me too."
Auburn: "Auburn is a nice school. I've heard good things about it, I have a great relationship with the coaches and I might go there on a visit soon."
Wade will wait before making a decision but will begin taking visits as soon as he's allowed to.
"I'm going to wait until the spring," he said. "I want to keep getting better right now. "I have to wait on my ACT scores to come in and once they do, I can go on my visits."