MEMPHIS - Doesn't everybody follow up a trip to Los Angeles with a trip to Fayetteville?
That's the early August plan for Memphis Mitchell prep combo guard Mardracus Wade (6-2, 190) per the young man himself.
"I'm am going to go up to Arkansas with my mom once I get back from LA and take an unofficial visit," Wade said. "I want here to be able to look everything over and then I will come back for an official later."
Wade spoke after scoring 15 points Monday night in his M33M's team 84-66 loss to the Memphis Magic – his former team - at the River City Shootout inside the Finch Center on the campus of the University of Memphis.
A recent participant in the NBA Top 100 camp, Wade did so with Arkansas head coach John Pelphrey and Razorback assistant Tom Ostrom looking on.
"Oh, my God, those two guys are just very, very good people," Wade said. "They have done a great job building a relationship with me on and off the floor. They have really put a lot of effort into recruiting me. They are steady calling me as much as the NCAA allows and I see them over there all the time when I am playing. They make me feel very important to them."
Arkansas and Missouri are the two schools that Wade has mentioned the most, but he is careful to not turn away anybody who might jump in the mix late.
"I still consider myself wide open," Wade said. "I have a couple of schools I am really looking at in Arkansas and Missouri, but also a couple of new schools that are in there. I don't want to talk about them, though, because that's kind of new."
That said, it's known that UMass, Alabama Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Baylor have also shown a great deal of interest in the young man as well.
"After I come back from LA, I am just going to sit down with my parents and my coaches and map this thing out to see where I want to go," Wade said.
Wade's team went 1-2 on the first day of the event. All teams finish pool play Tuesday morning with bracket play starting later in the afternoon with championship games on Wednesday.
The M33M-Memphis Magic match-up featured Wade and fellow Memphis 2010 prep stars Joe Jackson (30 points), Tarik Black (9 points, 11 rebounds, 3 blocks), Bobby Parks, Jr., Todd Mayo (O.J.'s younger brother) and 2011 prospect Adonis Thomas.
"The talent was just great out there today," Wade said. "We had great intensity in that first half until toward the end and then the game kind of got away from us in the second half.
"They played really good together and play as a team and we got a little rattled and had some turnovers, put up some bad shots and got our head down," Wade added. "We got a little fight and push there toward the end, but it was too late."
Wade made the switch in teams after he and Jackson had split the point guard duties for the Magic.
"I just wanted to see what I could do on a team…that really needed me to run the point and get better there," Wade said. "It has helped me get a better handle on what I need to work on better on and off the ball."
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