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Zaire Wade Recruiting
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For the Wade family, basketball is a family matter.

Miami Heat legend Dwyane Wade enjoyed a successful college career at Marquette before winning three NBA Championships, solidifying himself as one of the greatest to play the game. No matter how much he achieved on the court, the former NBA player’s work ethic never faltered.

Dwyane’s passion for the game was passed to his son, Zaire — a 6-foot-3 senior point guard who played for the Sierra Canyon Trailblazers in Chatsworth, California — whose basketball journey is at its genesis.

Zaire was born to Dwyane and ex-wife, Siohvaughn Funches, on February 4, 2002, in Chicago, Illinois. Wade played his first year of high school basketball at Mount Carmel High School in Chicago on the freshmen team. He then attended American Heritage High School in Miami for his sophomore and junior seasons. For his senior year, Wade transferred to Sierra Canyon and plays alongside Bronny James — the oldest son of LeBron James — and five-star Kentucky commit BJ Boston.

Zaire Wade Highlights

Zaire has a nice lefty jump shot and a tremendous ability to gather and shoot on balance. The side shimmy he does to his right to create space for his shot is nifty. He favors his strong hand when creating plays. At the next level, he’ll become more dynamic as he works on going right. The Los Angeles-based senior can also play off the ball as a shooting guard.

Wade isn’t overly explosive but uses his athleticism in the correct spots. He has outstanding ball-handling skills. He combines them with sharp court vision to make plays for teammates. Zaire doesn’t take plays off and plays with intensity on both ends of the floor. His maturity and humility naturally translate into a leadership role.

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Zaire Wade Recruiting

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Wade is a three-star recruit and the 197th ranked player in the 2020 NCAA recruiting class, according to 247Sports. ESPN basketball recruiting rates him a 78 on a scale of 100. He currently has scholarship offers from UC-Riverside, DePaul, Nebraska, Rhode Island, and Toledo. He’s undecided on where he’ll play college basketball.

If I could make a completely unbiased suggestion, I would recommend playing for Fred Hoiberg in Lincoln. D-Wade and Gabrielle Union are already Nebraska Cornhusker fans, and red looks really good on Zaire. Just a thought.

Wherever Zaire decides to play next year, he wants to shape his own legacy and dissuade comparisons to his father. In addition to basketball, he shares interests in fashion and setting a good example for his siblings and the younger generation.

He’s not just a basketball player, he’s not just Dwyane Wade’s son. He’s Zaire.


UPDATE (March 11) : After Sierra Canyon advanced to the CIF State Championship game, thanks to Ziaire Williams’ buzzer-beater, Wade congratulated the team during his appearance on the Kia Postgame Show on TNT. However, when asked if he’d attend the title game, Wade silently shaded head coach Andre Chevalier for not playing his son during the semifinal game.

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“I will not be there,” Wade said. “My son ain’t playing and I don’t want to do nothing to the coach. I will be rooting for the kids.”


UPDATE: (April 21): Zaire Wade announced on Instagram that he’d be transferring to Brewster Academy in Wolfesboro, New Hampshire. He will reclassify to the Class of 2021 and further his recruitment before making the jump from the high school ranks.

Brewster is a seven-time National Prep Championship program that’s produced numerous All-Americans and NBA talent, including the Donovan Mitchell of the Utah Jazz, according to Boston.com.

This article was originally published February 21, 2020. It’s been updated several times tracking Wade’s basketball career.

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Joe Grobeck About the author:
Joe is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and lives in Austin, Texas. He believes Ndaumkong Suh should've won the 2009 Heisman and is an avid basketball fan.
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