Wade Switching Gears

Packing up and moving on is not a new thing for Las Vegas native Lorenzo Wade. But his decision to transfer out of the University of Louisville's basketball program did come as somewhat of a surprise. The 6-foot-5 wing talked to Dawgman.com Wednesday about his decision to start over and what that means for the University of Washington, who recruited Wade out of high school.

"I'm starting all over again," Wade said. "I'm officially transferring from the University of Louisville. Personally I just think it may not have been the best situation for me in the long run as a basketball player. Every basketball player has aspirations to play in the NBA, and I'm just not sure that situation was the best for me to reach that goal." When Wade decides on a new school - a decision expected in about a month - it will be the fourth school he will have attended in four years. He went from Cheyenne High School in Las Vegas to Hargrave Military Prep in Virginia and then on to Louisville.

While Wade has already received his walking papers, he remains in Louisville for the rest of the semester, finishing up his schoolwork. Wade's teammates apparently back his decision one-hundred percent. "My teammates are a great group of guys and they are going to support me in whatever decision I make," he said. "The coaching staff, they are supporting me too - especially Vince Taylor. He told me that if I needed to go to a new situation to think about it but don't hesitate if I felt it was something I had to do to improve my life."

This is where the Huskies, among many other potential suitors, come into the picture. "Washington is one of my choices and they are high on my list," said Wade. "I remember them from when Coach (Lorenzo) Romar was recruiting me out of high school, and Coach (Jim) Shaw, one of their new assistants, was recruiting me for Oklahoma, so I have a good relationship with him." Washington, Nevada, Oklahoma, New Mexico State, Miami, Oregon State and Fresno State are the schools Wade mentioned. Former Louisville Assistant Reggie Theus recently became New Mexico State's head coach, but Wade feels that the connection to Las Cruces through Louisville is a bit overblown.

"There's new schools that seem to come up every day," he said. "I'm pretty much wide open."

Romar and the Huskies have another tie to Cheyenne High School. One of their current signees - Brewster Academy G Harvey Perry also attended Cheyenne and is good friends with Wade. "He's a great player, a great defensive player," Wade said of Perry. "I don't see too many guards out there like him with his size and athleticism. I don't know if he can be stopped if he's with the right group of guys. He lets me know what's going on up there (Washington)."

Wade will get his own chance to see what's going on at UW, as he'll visit the school in a couple of weeks. He will be taking a visit to Nevada before his Washington trip. I want to see if I like the campus and see the family aspect of the team," he said. "At times here (Louisville) I felt like they didn't have enough time to focus on the family aspect of the basketball thing, and I like my team to be my extended family."

Wade confirmed that Washington has extended an offer to him. "Coach Romar is telling me that I fit the mold of one of his go-to guys that he's had in the past," he said. "I am the type of player that if he needed a bucket, I have the ability to score and that he has faith in me to do that.

"I'm a smooth basketball player. In the past I was called lackadaisical, but that was because people didn't understand my game and the way that I played. Once people realized that when I was out there I meant business, it kind of changed a little bit. I like to add a nice pace to the game. I'm a bigger guard at 6-6. Maybe I'm not as quick as a smaller guard like Nate Robinson, so I have to be a little more mentally gifted than the other guards."

And the biggest asset he brings to the court? "I'm willing to learn," Wade added. "I have aspirations to play at the next level, so I have to pick a situation that's going to allow me to grow and flourish as an athlete."

And that situation just might find Wade at Montlake when it's all said and done. "Washington has shown a lot of love and support throughout this whole process and I want to thank them for that," he said.

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