Wade Named Mr. Kansas Basketball

MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Incoming freshman Dean Wade (St. John, Kansas/St. John) continued to add to his list of accolades on Monday, as he was selected as Mr. Kansas Basketball by the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association (KBCA).

Wade becomes the seventh Wildcat to earn the state's Mr. Basketball award, joining Steve Henson (1986), Gaylon Nickerson (1988), Brian Henson (1991), Josh Reid (1996), Quentin Buchanan (1999) and Nino Williams (2010). The coaches association began the award in 1983.

The honor is the second major one for Wade, who was selected as the 2014-15 Gatorade Kansas Boys Basketball Player of the Year on March 20. He was a finalist for the national award, which went to LSU signee Ben Simmons.

The 6-foot-9, 225-pound forward led St. John to a perfect 26-0 record and a third consecutive Class 2A state title this past season. Wade concluded his prep career with his 13th double-double of the season with game-highs in both points (28) and rebounds (13) in the 49-44 win over Central Plains in the state championship game at Bramlage Coliseum on March 14. He finished his high school career with 58 consecutive victories.

For the season, Wade averaged 24.8 points on 72.5 percent shooting, including 42.5 percent from 3-point range, with 9.8 rebounds, 3.7 steals, 3.4 assists and 2.9 blocks per game. He also connected on 76.2 percent from the free throw line. He was also selected First Team All-State by the Topeka Capital-Journal and Wichita Eagle for the second straight season.

Wade was one of three high school players to ink with Kansas State in the Fall Signing Period on Nov. 12, joining Barry Brown (St. Petersburg, Florida/Gibbs) and Dante Williams (Arlington, Texas/Bowie).