The Nevada basketball team beefed up its frontcourt Friday after Wichita State transfer Trey Wade committed to the Wolf Pack.
It will be the third Division I team for Wade, who began his career at UTEP before transferring to South Plains College and then to Wichita State. Last season, Wade started 19 of 21 games and averaged 6.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 25.3 minutes per game. He shot 42.6 percent from the field, including 33.3 percent from three. He made 48 percent of his free throws.
A 6-foot-6, 221-pound undersized power forward, Wade is expected to add toughness and physicality to the Wolf Pack frontcourt, which lost two power forwards to the transfer portal this offseason (Zane Meeks, Robby Robinson). Wade will be entering his sixth season in college and has one year of eligibility remaining with the Wolf Pack. He'll be immediately eligible to play for Nevada.
Wade redshirted at UTEP in 2016-17 to focus on his academics. He played for the Miners the following season, averaging 7.2 points and 4.2 rebounds on 48.1 percent shooting, including 34.6 percent from three. Wade then transferred to South Plains College in Levelland, Texas where he was an all-conference player for the No. 2 JuCo team in the nation. Wade averaged 13.4 points and 6.9 rebounds on 51.1 percent shooting.
He transferred back up to the Division I level to play for Wichita State. He played alongside current Wolf Pack star point guard Grant Sherfield with the Shockers in 2019-20 and averaged 7.4 points and 5.4 rebounds in 31 games (27 starts). He helped lead the Shockers to last season's NCAA Tournament, where it lost a First Four game to Drake, 53-52. His career high on 23 points came in March against Tulane. He had a career-high 15 rebounds against Oklahoma two seasons ago.
After entering the transfer portal this offseason, Wade drew interest from Virginia, San Diego State, Marquette, Georgia, Missouri State and Illinois, among others.
Wade is originally from Marietta, Ga., and averaged 19.1 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.2 blocks as a senior at South Cobb High School in Austell. He was a three-year varsity player who tallied single-game bests of 43 points and 10 rebounds in high school.
The addition of Wade puts Nevada at 13 scholarship players for next season, which is the NCAA maximum.