Friday , June 01, 2018 - 7:45 PM
The 6-foot-1 guard averaged 26.8 points per game as a Davis senior in 2014-15 before committing to Gonzaga and serving a two-year mission to France for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
He appeared in 20 college games this past season, scoring nine points in a game against Howard. He totaled 26 points and logged a season-high 19 minutes in a game against Incarnate Word.
”He is an incredible teammate who is an exceptionally hard worker and a tremendous role model,” Gonzaga coach Mark Few said in a news release. “We have truly appreciated everything he has given us on and off of the court, and enjoyed having Jesse in our program. We wish him nothing but the best moving forward.”
Wade chose Gonzaga after not receiving an official offer from BYU or Utah where he might have had interest in playing, he told the Standard-Examiner in July 2017.
“I never had a doubt that it was Gonzaga once I committed, and when I went on my mission, I knew that I was going to come back a Zag,” Wade said in 2017. “There was never for one second any doubt in my mind. That’s where I wanted to go. Coach Few and I had an agreement. I was going on my mission, he’d hold my scholarship.”
He tweeted a note of thanks Friday to Gonzaga’s coaches, teammates, fans and managers, saying, “I’m leaving with 13 (players) who will be my brothers forever. Gonzaga will always have a special place in my heart.”
He did not respond to request for further comment about his decision or his future playing prospects.
Wade should have a redshirt available, giving him four years to play three seasons at a new destination. He is likely to sit out a season in accordance with NCAA transfer rules.
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