Wade Named Big 12 Newcomer of the Week

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Freshman Dean Wade was selected as the Phillips 66 Big 12 Newcomer of the Week for the first time in his career on Monday after his impressive effort in Kansas State’s win over Georgia.

Wade, who is the second player this season to win a Big 12 weekly award, becomes the first Wildcat freshman to win the newcomer accolade since Marcus Foster in 2014. Wade is the fifth different player to be selected for the honor since 2007. Overall, it marks the school’s 29th Newcomer of the Week honor since the inception of the Big 12 in 1997, including the third under head coach Bruce Weber.

Playing in his first true road game, Wade scored the Wildcats’ last four points, including the game-winning jumper with 4.3 seconds, to lift K-State to a 68-66 win over Georgia on Dec. 4. It was the program’s first non-conference road victory since a 65-62 win over George Washington on Dec. 8, 2012. He scored 16 of his team-high 17 points in the second half on 6-of-8 field goals, including 1-of-2 from long range in just 13 minutes. He gave the Wildcats a 66-65 lead with 53 seconds left before the Bulldogs tied it at 66-all 24 seconds later before the game-winner. For the game, Wade scored a season-tying 17 points on 6-of-13 field goals, including 1-of-4 from 3-point range, with six rebounds, two assists and one block in 30 minutes. He also went 4-of-6 from the free throw line.

A 6-foot-10, 225-pound forward from St. John, Kan., Wade ranks second on the team in scoring (12.6 ppg.), double-digit scoring games (five), 3-point field goals (nine) and third in field goals (28), free throws (23), rebounding (5.4 rpg.) and minutes (27.7). He has started all seven games this season.

K-State (6-1) makes a brief return home on Wednesday, as the Wildcats host MEAC member Coppin State (2-5, 0-1 MEAC) at 7 p.m. at Bramlage Coliseum. Tickets are available starting at $10, while fans can take advantage of the new Bramlage Bundle for just $20, which includes a general admission/bench ticket, $10 concessions voucher and a souvenir from the K-State Super Store. The contest will be televised on FOX Sports Kansas City (state of Kansas, Kansas City area), K-StateHD.TV and ESPN3 (outside of state of Kansas).