A competitor all the way, Memphis (TN) Mitchell standout Mardracus Wade demands the best of himself no matter what the setting. So far this season, the 6-foot-2 combo guard has been relatively happy with the performance of his Memphis Magic Elite club team.
He's had some big games and the team has come up with some big wins, but they've yet to have the performance that he's looking for.
"High school ball your team depends on one individual to be the star of the team," said Wade. "Coming into the summer we have to play together as a team and adjust to playing with other stars. That's kind of hard to do sometimes, we've got to learn how to gel. We're going to have some bumps but we'll figure out how to get it done."
A long and lean guard who can drill contested shots from beyond the three point line, Wade is fearless attacking the rim. Unlike many kids who feel the need to declare themselves as either a point or shooting guard, Wade is happy wherever you want to put him. In fact, he thinks that versatility is what is attracting schools.
"I think schools are looking at me as more of a combo guard," said Wade. "I'm comfortable playing the point or I can slide over to the two and shoot some. I can definitely defend either spot."
While he's still open to more schools, Wade indicated a group of four schools that have offered scholarships and set themselves apart from the pack. Included in that group are Arkansas, Baylor, Ole Miss and the Missouri Tigers. According to Wade, the Tigers have made him feel like a priority and the efforts of assistant coach T.J. Cleveland have stood out.
"They say that they are going to need a point guard type for the class of 2010," Wade told Inside Mizzou. "They say that I'm a fit, I'm their guy. They think that I'm a guy who can get up and down and play fullcourt ball for them."
"Coach Cleveland has been handling my recruitment. He's a real good guy. I like him."
Though he's leaving the door open for more schools to get involved, Wade sounds as if he's pretty happy with the schools recruiting him at this point. Whether or not he adds any schools, he'll look to take visits after the summer and make a Fall decision.
"There's still some room for other schools to get in there," said Wade. "But, those four are for sure going to be in there. After the summer, I'll get in my visits and I'll be an early commitment for sure."