Aaron Wade always had the ambition to be an athlete but did not picture himself so involved with basketball. Born in Chicago and then growing up in Indiana, one of the biggest basketball states in the nation, Wade devoted his skills to baseball.
“When I came to Texas in eighth grade, that’s when I started playing basketball because I had gotten quite a bit taller.” Wade said. “It was always fun, but baseball was my number one until about junior year in high school. Then, really because basketball season came first, it took my time from baseball and I kept getting better at it, so that’s what I went with.”
Once Wade dedicated himself, his basketball career soared. Wade was a two-time All-District 9-5A selection playing at Plano East High School, where he was the leading scorer and rebounder and was named to the Fort Worth Coca-Cola Classic All-Tournament team.
One of Wade’s best memories of his high school days was a tragic one.
“There was a lot of ups and downs, but my junior year, my basketball coach had a heart attack and was out for the entire season. They ended up discovering he had colon cancer.” Wade said. “He still ended up coming back about halfway through my senior year, and his first game back we were playing our rivals, Allen High School, and we ended up beating them.”
Wade said the memory especially stays with him now, as his coach passed away last year. Wade then had to make the decision of where to play college ball.
“One thing that definitely helped my decision was when I came on my official visit to Sam, I just really liked the way Coach Marlin did things.” Wade said. “And I’m glad I made that decision because all four years I have been here, we have had a great group of guys playing, and everyone in the community is really nice. ”
Wade, in his senior year, is making a huge impact on the Bearkats success. Averaging 11.8 points and 4.5 rebounds a game, he is impressed with how this season has gone so far.
“I think we’ve had a good season. We have hit a couple of rough spots, I think we could easily be undefeated right now.” Wade said. “That McNeese game, we had a few tip-ins that could have won the game in the last seconds that just didn’t go down.”
With four games left, the Bearkats are one game behind Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in the Southland Conference. Wade said he tries not to think about the impact of the games ahead, but knows their magnitude.
“We have UT-Arlington next, who was one of our only two conference losses so far, so that is pretty big.” Wade said. “But if we win these next four, there is no doubt that we will be the Southland Conference Champions.”
Aside from basketball, Wade said he is a pretty big fan of the HBO series, “Entourage.”
“On the show ‘Drama’ and ‘Turtle’ are always bickering and fighting, and that’s how I feel sometimes at my apartment. I live with Ryan Bright and Ryan Griffin, and they are always giving each other a hard time.” Wade said. “I just sit back and watch those guys give each other a hard time.”
Wade has also put some thought into life after college and said he plans on moving back home to find a career.
“I plan on moving back to Dallas, and as far as basketball goes, I will look into any situation I am presented with.” Wade said. “However, my main focus is moving on and getting a job and starting that life.”