July is always a time when kids have the chance to play their way into scholarship offers, and one player who might be doing that is Wabissa Bede. On a very talented and tough Mass Rivals squad, Bede was tremendous in a big win on Friday night, and showed why so many coaches are intrigued with him.
While his combination of size and athleticism won’t jump off the page at anybody, Bede is as tough as they come, and he continues to be a better shooter who just helps his team get wins.
“I am trying to show people that I play on the best team on the circuit,” said Bede. “We are just trying to play hard every game and win the whole thing.”
He continued, “I have been working hard on my pick and roll game. I am focused on improving with my threes as well and just being more consistent with my pull up jumpers.”
When it comes to his recruitment, Bede says a group of schools is recruiting him the hardest.
“UMass, LaSalle, Butler, Temple, and Rhode Island are recruiting me the hardest right now,” noted Bede.
Butler made sure to be a presence at his games on Friday, and Bede says the Bulldogs have really ramped up the interest in him.
“Coach (Chris) Holtmann and Coach (Terry) Johnson talk to me a lot,” said Bede. “They say they want a point guard for 2017, and that I could be that guy. They also say how I would fit in well with their ball screen offense.”
About the UMass Minutemen, Bede said, “I like how they play. They play with great floor spacing where you use pick and roll and shoot threes.”
Currently Bede has no official visits set up, but he does plan to take them during the month of August. Bede, his parents, and his coaches will sit down to discuss his options at the end of the month.
When asked what he is looking for in a school, Bede said, “I am looking for a good education and somewhere that is a good family environment.”