CBB Today has been running our weekly Sleeper Series on NBA Draft sleeper picks for 2019. This week we take another dive into another sleeper pick in Kansas State Wildcats forward Dean Wade. He’s not exactly the second coming of “D-Wade” and no one will mistake him for Flash, but he’s a pretty solid player and should hear his name called in June at the draft.
The 6-foot-10, 228-pound senior has had some bad luck with injuries and the bug has struck him again this season. Wade went down with a foot injury in mid-December against Georgia State, but he should be back at some point this season.
His injury makes him a bit more of a sleeper pick, as he will likely slide in some mock drafts, but should still be a good player upon his return.
Here are some of his stats in the nine games he has played so far this season:
- 13.6 PPG, 3.2 APG, 7.7 RPG
- 52.2 FG%, 40.0 3p%, 78.6 FT%
- 122.0 ORtg, 84.4 DRtg
Over the course of four years, Dean Wade has improved in most major statistical categories. He has become a more efficient shooter from inside the arc and beyond it, he has become a better rebounder, not to mention a solid a defender.
While he’s not especially quick or athletic, Wade has clearly found ways to bottle up the man he’s guarding (as evidenced by his defensive rating above). That may need some work at the NBA level, but his defensive presence has gotten better each season he’s played. He is, clearly, willing to put in the time and effort .
The senior Kansas State talent is an active finisher around the basket and is a great scorer on the move. He’s decent enough in the post. Moreover, he can be trusted to shoot from anywhere on the floor and is a decent shooter off the dribble.
A strong screen setter, which is a wildly underrated skill, Wade does more than enough to get teammates open. This may be a pro or con depending on the scout watching him play, but Wade tends to be incredibly unselfish. That’s a classic case of beauty being in the eye of the beholder, as some coaches might like that and others might want him to be more selfish.
Wade has been a go-to guy at Kansas State since he got there. He’s never started less than 31 games in a given season. Despite any injuries he’s suffered, he’s always bounced back relatively quickly. Hopefully that holds true again this season as Big 12 play is about to ramp up for the Wildcats.
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