The Nevada men’s basketball team made the addition of Trey Wade official, head coach Steve Alford and the program announced Thursday. Wade, entering his final season of eligibility, will be immediately eligible.
The 6-foot-6 wing transferred to the Wolf Pack last week from Wichita State, where he’s spent the last two seasons. In 53 career games (47 starts) with the Shockers, he averaged 7.1 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 0.5 blocks and 0.6 steals per game. He shot 41.9 percent from the floor, 31.8 percent from the 3-point line and 57.8 percent from the free-throw line.
Last season, Wade posted averages of 6.7 points, a team-high 5.6 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 0.7 blocks and 0.5 steals per game — shooting 40.3 percent, 31.1 percent from deep and 55.2 percent from the charity stripe.
In Wichita State’s lone NCAA Tournament contest against Drake on March 18, Wade had five points, seven rebounds, one steal and two blocks in 27 minutes.
Wade tallied a career-high 23 points on 4-of-5 shooting from deep against Tulane on March 5, 2021. That was his third-and-final game in double figures last year and the 21st of his Division-I career. Though Wade totaled zero double-doubles in 2020-21, he had two the year prior, including a season-high 15 rebounds with 11 points against Oklahoma on Dec. 14, 2019.
“Trey is a winner! We love his intensity with which he competes,” Alford said via a press release. “He’s a versatile player that defends and rebounds at a high level. Trey understands what it takes within a team to succeed and compete for championships.”
The Marietta, Ga., native fills Nevada’s final scholarship spot available after it lost forwards Zane Meeks and Robby Robinson, along with guard Kane Milling to the transfer portal.
Wade reunites with former Shocker teammate Grant Sherfield (teammates in 2019-20), who earned first-team All-Mountain West honors and won the conference’s Newcomer of the Year award in his first season of eligibility with the Wolf Pack last year.
Nevada will be Wade’s third school Division-I school, fourth overall. Prior to his stint with Wichita State, he spent his first two collegiate seasons at UTEP (2016-18). He redshirted in his first year to focus on academics. Wade then spent the 2018-19 season at South Plains College — averaging 13.4 points and 6.9 rebounds per game — before transferring to the Shockers prior to the 2019-20 season.
A graduate of South Cobb High School in Austell, Ga., Wade averaged 19.1 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.2 blocks in 2015-16 as a senior. He earned first-team All Region honors that season.