After a full calendar year of watching things unfold from the sidelines, UTEP freshman Trey Wade finally gets his chance, and has one main goal above all: WIN.
Wade, a 6’6 guard from Georgia, gives UTEP something they haven’t had in a few years out on the wing. An explosive guard with size, length, well above average athletic ability, a pull up mid-range jumper, and a willing perimeter stopper.
Wade and UTEP would have never been a thing, until late in the summer of 2016 when Wade blossomed and exploded on the AAU circuit, and Tim Floyd swooped into Georgia to nab the talented wing.
He averaged 19.1 points, and 7.5 rebounds per game at South Cobb High School, in Austell, Georgia, but did not garner any D-1 looks after a very strong senior season.
Skills Factory Prep, a post grad program in Atlanta, was Wade’s original destination after high school, but with three weeks left until school started, UTEP gave him an offer he just couldn’t refuse and showed up in El Paso a few weeks later.
Wade has been in El Paso since the start of last school year, working on his academics which was a major priority for the versatile freshman.
Now he gets his shot on the court, and Tim Floyd seems to think his ceiling is sky high.
“Trey has a chance to be as good as any player we’ve brought here the last six years,” Tim Floyd said. “He can play multiple positions on the floor. He is a terrific athlete who also offensive rebounds the ball. He played in the most competitive district in the south where 11 seniors signed with high-major programs, including North Carolina. The coaches in his league all felt he was one of the great talents in that conference. Sitting out this year will serve him well. He played on the same AAU team as Lee Moore and his AAU coach feels he has the opportunity to play beyond the college level one day.”
Wade gets his shot coming up in August in Costa Rica, check out what he had to say about his UTEP experience so far….
Trey Wade's turn with the media. Lots of length, and athleticism. pic.twitter.com/irNHNH7NUU— MinerRush (@sbnminerrush) June 26, 2017