Hawks in Hot Pursuit of Wade

A strong summer on the AAU circuit ratcheted up Dean Wade's recruitment. The power forward from Kansas holds a nice group of scholarship offers and is looking hard at his options. He talked with Scout.com about them, including an official visit he's already set up.

St. John, Kansas sits about 100 miles northwest of Wichita. The town of 1,300 people isn't frequented a lot by major college basketball coaches.

Dean Wade is changing that. Programs are seeking the Class of 2015 power forward after a steady July evaluation period on the AAU circuit for Mid-Kansas.

Iowa offered him a scholarship last week, he reports. Boise State, Creighton, Kansas State, TCU, Vanderbilt and Wichita State had already done the same, he said.

While it took Wade's recruitment time to pick up, he's in no rush to end the process. He only has one official visit set up. That's to Kansas State Aug. 29.

"I'll take most of them, probably," Wade said of the five official visits allowed by NCAA rules.

Wade said he's unsure what other schools he'll visit. He added that he's not favoring any programs at this time.

"I'm looking for great coaches and teammates. Academics are important as is a supportive community," he said.

The 6-foot-8, 210-pounder describes himself as a face-up power forward.

"Most coaches say they like my versatility," Wade said.

Although Iowa came into the process later than some of the other schools, the Hawkeyes appear to be in good shape with Wade. Head Coach Fran McCaffery is leading their recruitment of him.

"I like them a lot. I have a pretty good relationship with them. We talk at least once a day," he said.

Wade said he does not have a timeline for a decision. He undecided on a college major.


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