With the commitment of Corey Kispert, the Gonzaga staff was able to lock in its primary target for the 2017 class. Part of the reason for this was because the Zags had already landed another member of the class back in 2015 when Jesse Wade signed his LOI. Now that he is over halfway through his LDS Mission, we caught up with his father for an update on the talented future Zag.
When Wade committed to Gonzaga back in June of 2014, the immediate reaction was that he was a perfect fit in Spokane. This is an assessment that his father certainly agrees with.
“Jesse is a very competitive young man and he wanted to play basketball at the highest level he could,” explained Eric Wade. “He looked at Gonzaga as being an ideal fit for his skill set and they have had very good success with guards like him that can score the ball. He loved the coaching staff as well. Coach Daniels did a majority of his recruitment and Coach Michaelson did quite a bit as well. We found the coaching staff to be very sincere and genuine and that was appealing for my wife and I. Gonzaga has a great environment and fans, and Jesse wanted to play in the NCAA Tournament every year.”
After finishing up his senior year, Wade embarked on his 2-year Mission. Being based in France, the talented PG is learning a new culture and language as part of his time away.
“He wakes up at about 6:30 every morning and gets ready for the day,” Wade said. “Once they are ready for the day, because they are speaking the French language everyday, they spend 90 minutes studying and learning. He studies with his assigned companion that he lives with. He then does some personal study and has appointments with members of the Church. He spends the majority of his day talking with people and getting to talk with them about beliefs that are important to him. In the evening he will have meetings and then he gets home at around 9:30 and does a report about his day. Needless to say, at the end of his 2 years, he will be tired and ready to play basketball.”
Despite the packed schedule, the future Zag is doing his best to stay in shape for when he returns.
“They get 30 minutes to an hour everyday that is their personal time. Jesse does a lot of jump rope and lifts with bands and other strength tools during that time. The honest truth of it is, at the end of the two years, it will definitely take a lot of work to get back into playing shape. A lot of the BYU players, like TJ Haws, who was in the same area on his Mission as Jesse, take time to get back into playing shape.”
This return to fitness was something that Jesse did account for heading into his final year of high school.
“It takes some time to get back into game shape and that is one of the reasons why Jesse accelerated his senior year so that he could graduate a full two months early. This allowed him to leave for his Mission in April, and he will return on April 9th. “
Stay tuned for more on Jesse Wade later this week.