Wade commits to Washington

As the Washington Huskies were losing to Louisville in the Sweet Sixteen in Albuquerque, they were winning at the same time. Little did Lorenzo Romar know at the time that a Cardinal player - Lorenzo Wade - would be switching sides. Friday, Wade spoke to Dawgman.com to confirm his intentions on becoming a Husky.

"It was a good visit," he said of his official visit to Montlake this past weekend. "It was productive. Jamaal Williams was my host, a great host. He was a good dude, a funny dude. Everybody was pretty similar."

From talking to Wade, it sounds like the experience of Williams - who transferred from New Mexico to Washington - gave Lorenzo a blueprint he could follow with confidence.

"He (Williams) loves the situation and seeing him I know that transfers have the opportunity to flourish and become great players at an elite level," said Wade.

Another piece to the puzzle that fit was Wade's relationship with incoming frosh guard Harvey Perry. Both are originally from Las Vegas.

"Harvey's my dude, he's from Vegas," Wade said of Perry, who is now finishing up at Brewster Academy in New Hampshire. "We have history. It'll be good to have someone who's up there that can relate from home."

Being from Vegas, Wade is used to some serious sunshine. That's why he was particularly pleased to not see any rain on his official visit to Seattle.

"I think Coach Romar rented the sun for that weekend," Wade said with a laugh. "Maybe he rented it from Vegas, 'cause it was raining down here."

Lorenzo, because of his connection with the Silver State, was seriously looking at Nevada before pulling the trigger on a commitment earlier this afternoon. "He (Romar) said welcome to the family," Wade said of his conversation with UW's head basketball coach. "He felt that this is going to be a great fit for me.

"Coach Ro is a player's coach. You've got Coach (Cameron) Dollar who puts a little bit of the youth to the situation and you still have the classic, traditional way of doing things with Coach (Jim) Shaw, so there's a nice blend there."

So what will Washington hoops fans see from Wade after his sits out his transfer season? "I like to bring a winning attitude and a little pace to my game," he said. "That, an a desire to win ballgames."

While Wade will be sitting out one season per transfer rules, he will be on scholarship. He's expecting to sign papers later Friday to set his intentions in stone.

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