Prep boys' basketball: Basketball success a family tradition for Wades
Jesse Wade was destined to play basketball.
The Davis High guard has a grandfather who coached for 29 years and is in the Idaho High School Basketball Hall of Fame, a father who played junior college basketball and a mother who is 7-feet tall sometimes.
"My mom will drive me to the court to practice," Wade said. "Then she'll stand on a chair in front of the hoop and act like a 7-foot center trying to block my shots."
It's his basketball pedigree and that type of commitment from his parents that has helped the soon-to-be-junior make a name for himself on the court and college recruiting trail.
Wade averaged 14.83 points, 2.35 rebounds, 2.43 assists and 2 steals per game during his sophomore season. It was an impressive varsity debut for Wade, who is listed at 6 feet but appears shorter.
Wade's mother, Amanda, who is about 5-9, also played junior college basketball. And she isn't the only parent helping her son work toward his college basketball dreams. Wade's father, Eric, has been shooting video of his son's games and making highlight reels that help expose his son to more recruiters.
"I don't know how he does it," Jesse Wade said, laughing. "He's never shot or edited video before."
Jesse may not know how his father became so tech savvy, but he's thankful that he is. The extra exposure, plus his outstanding play on the court, has garnered a scholarship offer from Utah State.
Davis coach Jay Welk said other major universities are showing interest, including Stanford, Harvard, Vanderbilt, Gonzaga, Utah and BYU.
With two years left of high school and an LDS Church mission in his plans, it likely will be four years before Wade suits up for a university.
"I think he's going to go where he fits best, and where he can fit the needs of the university," Welk said. "It would mean a lot to go to a school with a good basketball tradition, and to get a good education."
Wade said he plans to commit to the program where he feels most comfortable, and he is confident that he can play anywhere. He's proven it lately against quality competition.
He performed well in Davis' quarterfinal playoff loss against Lone Peak and its trio of BYU-bound stars. He is attending summer camps at major universities and scrimmaging against college players. And his highlight videos online show a game against Bingham in which the diminutive guard took on 7-foot center Brandon Morley. Wade was whistled for a foul, though replays show it looked to be a clean block against the player with more than a foot height advantage.
It looks like those sessions in the gym with mother on the chair are paying off. Hiking time 4 hour 30 minutes
Round-trip miles 6.5 miles
Elevation gain 1,699 feet
Trailhead restrooms Yes, in picnic area
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